Point of View—Safety consultant Lefler: Refiners relying more on specialty safety service providers for turnarounds

Not many years ago, maintenance turnarounds at refineries and other processing plants were a dreaded point on the calendar because product was not being produced and because of the extreme dangers posed to both personnel and equipment.The dangers are still there, but due to a growing niche industry in the maintenance field, turnarounds can now be handled much more safely and efficiently.New companies are emerging that specialize in safety during plant maintenance operations because it relieves refiners from having to "reinvent the wheel" on safety each year. These companies have basically only one business: to provide safety services for maintenance and construction projects.One such comp...

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