BP fined $21 million for deadly explosion; agrees to improve safety
The agreement, announced Sept. 22, settles citations issued against BP Products following the fatal explosion at the Texas City refinery complex caused by a fire in the Isomerization Unit (ISOM) when a cloud of hydrocarbon vapors ignited during the start-up of the ISOM. The settlement also addresses other ongoing investigations at the Texas City Refinery and requires BP Products to address process safety management (PSM) plant-wide.
"This citation and penalty â€” nearly double the next largest fine in OSHA history â€” sends a strong message to all employers about the need to protect workers and to make health and safety a core value," Solicitor of Labor Howard M. Radzely stated. "BP will pay the full fine, abate all the hazards and significantly improve their safety measures."
Under terms of the settlement, BP Products agreed to:
BP Products North America Inc. is part of BP of London, England, which engages in petroleum exploration and refining. The Texas City refinery, where the explosion occurred, is BP's largest oil refinery with 30 process units spread over 1,200 acres and 1,600 permanent employees.