Flash Report: Huge Unusual Settlement in Explosion Case

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health and ExxonMobil Refining have settled a huge case stemming from a 2015 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery that nearly took the lives of seven workers. ExxonMobil has since sold the refinery.

It is an unusual and creative agreement, the likes of which have never been seen before, which involves abatement, money for the Fire Department, and large fines. The creativity is in the nature of how ExxonMobil came through the deal.

The facility was extensively damaged and shut down for months, spending gas prices soaring in California. DOSH cited the company for six willful-serious and numerous other violations, seeking $566,600 in penalties.

Cal-OSHA Reporter through its inside sources has the entire story and will publish it along with the full settlement details in the next paid premium edition due out Friday morning.