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Bloomberg: Shell Fined $48,825 for Safety Violations After Refinery Fire

By Sonja Franklin

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, will be fined $48,825 for workplace safety violations at a refinery in Wilmington, California after a fire, said the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The fines are for five violations that occurred during a fire six months ago. Shell violated an injury and illness prevention program, procedures for safe machinery and equipment maintenance as well as for the safe management of acutely hazardous materials, said Kate McGuire, a spokeswoman for the Administration’s branch in California, also known as Cal/OSHA.

Four workers were injured in a “flash fire” Feb. 8 at an electrical substation at the Wilmington plant. Shell in May sold the refinery and 250 filling stations to Tesoro Corp., the second-largest refinery in the U.S., for $1.63 billion.

Shell “disagrees” with the agency’s allegations and plans to contest the fines, said Alison Chassin, spokeswoman for Shell Oil Products U.S. in Los Angeles.

She declined to give details.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sonja Franklin in Calgary at [email protected]

Last Updated: August 30, 2007 18:15 EDT

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