Refinery fined for safety violation after 2011 explosion that injured 52 workers

REGINA – A Saskatchewan refinery is being fined $280,000 for a safety violation related to a 2011 explosion that injured 52 workers.

Consumers Co-operative Refineries of Saskatoon pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that work was sufficiently and competently supervised.

Occupational Health and Safety laid charges against the Co-op refinery in July 2013.

The department alleged the refinery didn’t implement a general corrosion monitoring program, failed to adequately maintain equipment and didn’t ensure worker safety.

Four of five charges were withdrawn.

An investigation found that the explosion was caused by a ruptured pipe thinned by corrosion.

Since 2011, there have been four fires at the Regina refinery, including an explosion last Christmas Eve.