Washington State Industrial Safety And Health Act

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A serious workplace injury or death can change lives forever, for families, friends, and the community. On the night of April 2, 2010 a deadly explosion at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington reminded the CSB of the critical and hazardous working conditions in the chemical industry and of the disastrous effects it has. The tragedy was the worst industrial accident to date since the Department of Labor and Industries began enforcing the Washington State Industrial Safety and Health Act, enacted in 1973. (McClary, 2011) Due to a poor safety culture and lack of awareness, the Anacortes Tesoro Refinery jeopardized the lives of its workers and community. As one of the worst incidents to ever occur for Tesoro Corporations, it left a scarring reminder that business isn’t everything.
Tesoro Background Tesoro Petroleum Corporation is an independent energy company principally involved in refining, distributing, and marketing petroleum products. Tesoro was founded by Robert V. West, Jr., in 1964 which was a result of combining the once Texstar Petroleum Company and the newly found oil and gas company, Tesoro. Given time, more well-known petroleum companies would soon join Tesoro in the advancement of fuel transportation needs of the western United States. (Press, 2002) With this transformation Tesoro is now a leading independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. Tesoro safely, efficiently and reliably operates an integrated network of strategic

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