Wynnewood Refinery owner contests OSHA penalties

The owner of a southern Oklahoma refinery will contest nearly two dozen citations and a $281,000 fine levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an explosion last year that killed two workers.
by Phillip O'Connor Published: April 18, 2013
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Contesting the fines and citations will not impact OSHA's decision to place the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law, an agency spokesman said.

The 90-year-old Wynnewood refinery employs about 265 workers.

A widow of the one of the workers killed in the blast said she found the company's decision to appeal the fines and citations troubling.

“They took two lives,” said Kari Smith, of Pauls Valley. “I know that's their right to contest it, but my kids no longer have their stepdad, my youngest no longer has a father and I no longer have my husband. It's just not right.”

by Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently...
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