Local News in Brief : Safety Inspection Under Way at Mobil
Reacting to a series of explosions, fires and accidents at Mobil’s oil refinery in Torrance that have killed three people and injured at least 12, federal safety officials have launched a comprehensive safety inspection of the refinery.
The safety inspection, which began this week, will involve three Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors and last four to six weeks, said OSHA Regional Administrator Frank Strasheim.
The inspectors will review safety procedures and plant operations, as well as the engineering and design of the refinery, he said. In addition, the inspectors will monitor the activities of contract workers, whose attention to safety procedures has been criticized by union employees.
The inspection was requested in July by the head of OSHA’s Long Beach office.