A rash of refinery and petrochemical plant accidents has spurred the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to begin surprise safety inspections at 26 big U.S. processing plants. OSHA inspectors last week began verifying adequacy of safety precautions in plants in 1 0 states with high concentrations of hazardous work involving refining, petrochemical, and gas processing operations. Targeted are Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, and Delaware. OSHA officials will not say how many inspections will be conducted in each state, but plants of companies with more ...

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