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Matters

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Workplace Safety

  • Chemical manufacturer: Advice regarding company-wide facility siting study and implementation of recommendations.

  • Independent refiner: Workplace safety compliance counseling, including Cal/OSHA inspection support and enforcement defense.

  • Multiple California refiners: Advice regarding implementation of new refinery PSM standard (5189.1).

  • Chemical manufacturer: Evaluation of PSM covered process boundaries in light of Wynnewood  decision.

  • Semiconductor manufacturer: Advice regarding potential occupational chemical exposures, hazard communication, industrial hygiene monitoring, and employee notification.

  • Major electric utility: Development and implementation of PSM systems related to a multibillion-dollar capital project.

  • Pulp and paper manufacturer: PSM / RMP covered process boundary assessment.

  • Chemical manufacturer: Preparation for inspections and subsequent enforcement by OSHA under PSM Covered Chemical Facilities NEP.

  • Specialty vehicle manufacturer: OSHA inspection into machine guarding and other workplace safety standards, including subsequent enforcement.

  • Fortune 50 integrated energy company: Investigation by the BSEE Investigations Review Unit with respect to whistleblower allegations of falsified test results.

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Crisis Management

  • Fortune 500 pipeline company: NTSB investigation into strike on 16" liquid propane pipeline that resulted in multiple fatalities.

  • Silica metal foundry: Investigation and subsequent enforcement by OSHA after contractor fatality involving control of hazardous energy.

  • Chemical manufacturer: Investigations by CSB, OSHA, EPA and other agencies resulting from a vapor cloud explosion and fire that resulted in mandatory community evacuations, including on-scene support in connection with Unified Incident Command for 60+ days.

  • Independent refiner: Investigations by ATF, CSB, OSHA, EPA and other agencies resulting from an explosion and fire in an HF alkylation unit.

  • Multinational chemical company: Investigations by CSB, OSHA, EPA and other agencies resulting from flash fire. 

  • Pulp and paper manufacturer: Investigations by CSB, OSHA, EPA and other agencies into a three-fatality accident resulting from the explosion of a storage tank during hot work.

  • Electric utility: Investigation by CSB into chemical plant explosion and fire resulting from a loss of electrical power during Hurricane Harvey.

  • Fortune 50 chemical manufacturer: Investigations by the CSB, OSHA, the EPA and other agencies into a four-fatality accident resulting from the release of toxic chemicals, including subsequent enforcement.

  • Fortune 50 integrated energy company: Investigations by OSHA and the EPA, including subsequent enforcement, after furnace explosion and employee fatality.

  • Fortune 50 integrated energy company: Investigations by the CSB, Cal/OSHA and the EPA into a refinery fire and subsequent enforcement.

  • Fortune 100 refiner: Investigation by the CSB and Washington State Department of Labor & Industries into a refinery accident that resulted in seven fatalities.

  • Fortune 50 chemical manufacturer: Investigation by NTSB into railcar explosion.

  • Sports arena operator: Investigation by OSHA into a workplace fatality.

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Evaluating Culture and Performance

  • Silica metals foundry: Site-wide safety management systems and performance review after contractor fatality.

  • Multiple California refiners: Oversee development and implementation of system for process safety culture surveys.

  • Industrial plant services company: Special investigation into whistleblower allegations regarding safety performance.

  • Fortune 50 vehicle manufacturer: Global review of safety management systems and performance in the aftermath of multiple employee fatalities at different operating sites.

  • Fortune 50 refiner: Special investigation into whistleblower allegations regarding mechanical integrity inspections.

  • Fortune 50 integrated energy company: Special investigation into safety performance and culture at a refinery in response to a whistleblower complaint to the chief executive officer after a fatality.

  • Fortune 50 integrated energy company: Special investigation into safety performance and culture at upstream business unit after multiple contractor fatalities involving control of hazardous energy.

  • Major regional electric utility: EHS compliance systems review.

  • Chemical manufacturer: Evaluation of the effectiveness of a company's systems for EHS corporate oversight.

  • Chemical manufacturer: Advice regarding implementation of process safety performance metrics, including leading and lagging indicators.

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Crisis Preparedness

  • Multiple companies in energy and chemical manufacturing industries: Develop major accident guidebook and train in-house lawyers on its use.

  • Multiple companies in energy and chemical manufacturing industries: Targeted training of senior executives and other leadership on legal issues associated with the response to major industrial accidents.

  • Major upstream energy company: Develop multi-day training course on legal issues associates with incident response for in-house lawyers, safety professionals, and public / governmental affairs staff.

  • Chemical manufacturer: Review of corporate crisis management procedures and resources.

  • Multiple companies in energy and chemical manufacturing industries: Develop and participate in corporate incident response drills, including "table top" scenarios.

  • Major transportation company: Review of corporate crisis management procedures and resources.