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Chevron fined after explosion

The Chevron Pascaoula refinery is facing significant fines after an explosion and fire at the site. The workplace accidentthat received widespread publicity in Pennsylvania and around the country last year left one woman dead.

The explosion occurred in November in a furnace at a processing unit in the refinery. The processing unit is generally utilized in the process of breaking down hydrocarbons in order to convert crude oil into chemicals and fuel. A woman who had worked as an operator for the refinery for five years prior to the accident was killed in the explosion on Nov. 15. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the accident for one month.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration publicly announced the company's citations on April 22. The company is being fined $24,000. A spokesman for Chevron stated that the corporation had received the citation from OSHA. He also stated that the company was reviewing the citation carefully, along with the notification regarding the penalty. He explained that the company had fully cooperated with the OSHA investigation and that the company maintains a commitment to provide a safe workplace for its employees, contractors and community. The OSHA findings provided the Chevron company with a deadline of May 2 to respond and May 13 and June 4 to correct the problems cited in the findings.

If a person is injured while completing his or her work duties, the injured victim may consult with a workers' compensation lawyer. Workers' compensation does not require a showing of negligent acts or omissions on the the part of the employer. However, the assistance of an attorney can be valuable in preparing the claim.

Source: Claims Journal, "OSHA Cites Chevron for Mississippi Refinery Explosion", April 28, 2014

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