Work Place Safety Agency of California Fines ExxonMobil in a Probe for Refinery Explosion

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited and fined ExxonMobil for violating workplace safety with an amount of $560,000. The agency investigates workplace safety and accidents. The explosion in February that happened in the company's refinery at Los Angeles area drew the agency's attention.

The gravity of the blast was compared to the Chevron refinery fire that took place in Richmond in 2012.

As the blast was also responsible for destruction of public properties close by the occurrence of ExxonMobil's earlier violations are surfacing into spotlight.

On Thursday, the California -Occupational Safety and Health said that 18 of the 19 citations against Exxon are classified as serious as the violations could have been likely to lead to serious injury or even death. Out of those, six of the serious violations also fell into the classification of willfully neglected as the agency found that the company did not take any action to remove the hazardous conditions that they knew about at the refinery and deliberately failed to fulfill the safety standards of the state.

Todd Spitler, a spokesman from ExxonMobil, the Irving Texas based oil and gas corporation said that the company is reviewing the citations.