The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a record $87 million fine against oil giant BP for failing to correct safety hazards after a 2005 explosion killed 15 people at its Texas City refinery. The fine — the largest in OSHA’s history — comes after a six-month inspection revealed hundreds of violations of a 2005 agreement to repair hazards at the refinery. OSHA also says the company committed hundreds of new violations by failing to follow industry controls on pressure relief safety systems and other precautions.
OSHA also said that the company committed hundreds of new violations by failing to follow industry controls on pressure relief safety systems and other precautions. A BP spokesman claimed the company believed it was in “full compliance” with the settlement agreement and that the company will work with government officials to resolve the issue. Since the explosion, BP has settled more than 4,000 civil claims, paid from a $2.1 billion fund it set aside to resolve claims.
Sources: Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, and CBS News
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