The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
(L&I) fined BP more than $80,000 after citing the
company's Cherry Point refinery with six violations,
including one willful violation, of workplace
safety and health rules, the agency announced on Thursday.
L&I began the inspection in February after a major fire
caused the 225,000 bpd refinery to shut down. One employee
was nearby when the fire erupted, but he avoided injury.
The proposed penalties, related to management of pipeline and
refinery processes, total $81,500,
according to the agency.
BP spokesman Scott Dean said the company has completed an
investigation of the accident and made changes to its equipment
The piping involved in the accident has been replaced
and all lines in similar service were thoroughly
inspected, he said.
A willful violation is the most significant civil
classification that can be issued. It is used, the agency says,
when L&I alleges that the violation was committed with
intentional disregard or plain indifference or substitution of
judgment with respect to worker safety and health
The fire occurred when a corroded deadleg pipe
ruptured. L&I cited BP for a willful violation for not
ensuring that inspection and testing procedures for process
piping followed recognized and generally-accepted engineering
practices for all deadleg piping circuits.
The proposed penalty for the willful violation is
The five additional violations cited were for failing to
comply with process safety management standards.
BP has until Sept. 13 to appeal the citation.