Sinclair oil refinery where 4 hurt cited recently

Friday , May 11, 2012 - 2:44 PM

Bob Moen

CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- State regulators recently issued three safety citations against the Sinclair oil refinery in Wyoming where a flash fire this week injured four workers.

In fact, a state workplace safety official says two fires occurred at the refinery about five miles east of Rawlins while a routine safety inspection was being conducted last year.

The three citations issued in March listed serious violations with paperwork, maintenance, training and fire prevention. The state has proposed more than $45,000 in fines.

A spokesman for Salt Lake City-based Sinclair was not immediately available for comment Friday.

Three workers were critically injured and another one slightly hurt last Tuesday by a flash fire at the refinery.

The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

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