Bay City News Service—The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has fined Chevron nearly $1 million for worker safety violations related to a massive Aug. 6 fire at the company's Richmond refinery. The fines are in the form of 25 citations issued against the company.
"Ensuring worker safety is the employer's responsibility," said Christine Baker, director of the Department of Industrial Relations, which oversees Cal/OSHA.
"Refineries must take the steps needed to prevent incidents like the August Chevron fire," she said. "Failure to do so can pose great dangers to workers, surrounding communities and the environment."
The proposed fines are the maximum allowed under state law, according to Cal/OSHA.
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