The State of Washington has recently fined British Petroleum (BP) for more than $80,000 because of safety violations recently uncovered at the company's Whatcom County oil refinery. The Department of Labor and Industries conducted an investigation of the plant and announced just last week that the company was guilty of six violations, one of them completely willful. These violations compromise the safety of all those who work at the refinery.
The department began investigations a few months ago after a fire broke out at the refinery in February. The fire was so severe that the refinery had to be closed down for a three-month time period. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the accident. BP may appeal the citation and ensuing fines, but must do so within three weeks. These are no small citations considering that this particular refinery is the third largest on the West Coast. Twenty percent of Washington's petroleum demand is supplied by this particular refinery.
The Department of Labor and Industries in Washington is the entity that inspects and regulates workplace safety. Employees can file injury claims through this department so that they can receive compensation for their injuries. Workers can better understand their rights by looking up information supplied by this department. This department exists because workplace accidents exist. Unfortunately, many industrial companies do not properly regulate their facilities and workers are harmed as a result.
Those who work at oil refineries have one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. When accidents occur, they can result in serious injuries that leave workers permanently disabled and sometimes killed. If you or a loved one was injured in a refinery or other industrial workplace accident, then Arnold & Itkin is here for you. We are proud to represent workers like you in injury claims so that our clients can get the maximum compensation possible.