Marathon's Detroit Refinery and Holly Construction Recognized as Stars in Workplace Safety & Health Excellence

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October 8, 2010 - Marathon Petroleum Company LP's (MPC) Michigan Refining Division received the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award for workplace safety and health excellence today from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). Holly Construction Company, a resident contractor at Marathon's Detroit refinery, received the MVPP for Construction Rising Star Award. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG).

"Marathon Petroleum and Holly Construction are to be commended for their exemplary corporate commitment to workplace safety and health," said Susan R. Corbin, DELEG Deputy Director & Chief of Staff. "We're honored to recognize both companies for their outstanding worker protections - while meeting the challenge of being economically competitive in today's global marketplace."

MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski presented the MVPP Star Award to Tracy Case, Marathon's Michigan Refining Division Manager, who accepted on behalf of all employees. The Detroit refinery received the MVPP Rising Star Award on June 12, 2009.

The MVPP Star Award is the most prestigious safety and health award given in Michigan. MIOSHA established the MVPP program in 1996 to recognize employers actively working toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health. Since 1999, Michigan has recognized 26 MVPP Star companies.

"We are extremely proud to receive this distinguished level of safety recognition by MIOSHA," said Case. Our organization has been able to achieve a best-in-class level of safety performance through development of outstanding safety programs and processes, and through the personal commitment of our employees to safety."

MIOSHA Deputy Director Martha Yoder presented the MVPPC Rising Star Award to Larry Kramer, CEO, Holly Construction Company, who also accepted on behalf of all employees. State and local elected officials and MIOSHA representatives were on hand to recognize the employees and management of both companies on their outstanding achievement.

The MVPPC program was created in 2009 to recognize construction companies with exemplary safety and health systems. The MVPPC recognizes construction companies in three categories: Fixed Base, which are site-specific projects; Mobile Workforces, who are subcontractors that move from site to site; and Resident Contractors, who perform construction services at host sites.

"This award recognizes a special partnership between Holly Construction Company, the Union trades, Marathon, and MIOSHA. We are humbled to be a participant of the MVPPC pilot program and recognize that its continued growth will have a significant impact towards reducing work place injuries and fatalities in our industry," said Kramer. "We will continue to focus on improving our health and safety performance and strive for excellence beyond MIOSHA standards."

Marathon Detroit Refinery MVPP Star Award
Marathon's Detroit refinery, Michigan's only petroleum refinery, processes 106,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The refinery produces gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, propane, chemical grade propylene, sulfur, roofing flux and heating oil. The facility is comprised of five complexes and employs more than 450 employees and contract employees, many of whom are represented by Teamsters Local 283.

MVPP Star sites must have workplace health and safety incidence rates below the Michigan average for three years. The incidence rates at the Detroit refinery are below the industry average for their NAICS code 324110 - Petroleum Refinery. Their total case incidence rate (TCIR) was 1.3 in 2007, 0.2 in 2008, and 0.6 in 2009, compared to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average of 1.6 in 2007, and 1.1 in 2008 and 2009. The total days away/restricted cases (DART) rate was 0.8 in 2007, 0.2 in 2008, and 0.0 in 2009, compared to the BLS industry average of 1.0 in 2007, and 0.5 in 2008 and 2009.

The Detroit refinery MIOSHA review team − Doug Kimmel, Team Leader and CET MVPP Specialist; Jeff Kelley and Lee Jay Kueppers, CET Senior Safety Consultants; and Fred Kirkland, CET Industrial Hygienist − conducted formal and informal interviews during the site visit. The team examined each of the required elements of their safety and health management system and found them to effectively address the scope and complexity of the hazards at the site.

Marathon recognizes that the ability to do business in any community is a privilege. High standards of health, environmental, safety and security (HES&S) performance underpin a culture of continual improvement. Marathon is committed to creating a safe work environment and works diligently to achieve an accident-free, incident-free workplace throughout its operations.

Marathon focuses on continually improving on-the-job safety, process safety, health programs, and facility and employee security through training, awareness, performance improvement and compliance programs. The company uses a variety of methodologies to prevent accidents and injuries and tracks leading and lagging indicators to continually improve performance of employees and contractors.

Marathon is an integrated international energy company engaged in exploration and production; oil sands mining; integrated gas; and refining, marketing and transportation operations. Marathon is based in Houston and has principal operations in the United States, Angola, Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Indonesia, Ireland, Libya, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Marathon is the fourth largest United States-based integrated oil company and the nation's fifth largest crude oil refiner. It will invest approximately $2.2 billion in a current expansion and upgrade project at the Detroit refinery which will add more than 400,000 gallons per day of clean transportation fuels. For more information on Marathon, please visit

Holly Construction MVPPC Rising Star Award
Holly Construction Company has been a resident contractor at Marathon Petroleum's Detroit Refinery for more than 30 years. Holly provides construction, repair, and maintenance services to the petro/chemical industries. Construction services include new tank construction and process piping. Repair and maintenance services include industrial cleaning, aboveground storage tank repair/maintenance, and process piping.

Holly Construction has more than 25 years experience and a strong focus on safety and quality. "Quality with Safety" is and has always been their first priority. Their goal is to be a world-class provider of quality construction, service and products to the markets they serve while maintaining a commitment to safety.

Unlike general industry MVPP applicants, construction companies can only apply if they are the resident contractor at an MVPP host site. The incidence rates for Holly Construction and its contract employees are well below the industry average for their NAICS code 237120 - Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction. Holly's total case incidence rate (TCIR) was 0.0 in 2007, 2008 and 2009, compared to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average of 2.5 in 2007, and 2.2 in 2008 and 2009. Their total days away/restricted cases (DART) rate was 0.0 in 2007, 2008 and 2009, compared to the BLS industry average of 1.5 in 2007, and 0.9 in 2008 and 2009.

The MIOSHA review team − Doug Kimmel, Team Leader and CET MVPP Specialist; Bryan Renaud, CET Construction Safety Consultant; and Fred Kirkland, Jr., CET Industrial Hygienist − examined each of the required elements of Holly's safety and health management system and the site-specific accident prevention program and found them to be consistent with the high quality required of MVPPC programs. The site meets the MVPPC requirements and the applicable MIOSHA standards are appropriately covered.

During the site review there were four employees and about 40 contract/subcontract employees working at the site. During the review 13 formal and 15 informal interviews were conducted. Interviews covered management, health and safety personnel, and contract/subcontract personnel.

Holly Construction has the following goals to achieve Star status: develop and implement additional ways to involve employees in the safety system; develop and implement additional ways to track and trend safety information; and review all written safety and health programs to ensure they are current and all requirements for each program are implemented.

Holly Construction Company has served the petro/chemical industry with industrial construction, repair, and maintenance services since its founding in 1972. The company, with headquarters in Belleville, Michigan, has three locations in the United States.

Holly Construction is a fully integrated service provider, offering, engineering, procurement, fabrication and field construction. They serve customers in a number of key industries including petroleum, power, terminal, pipeline, utility, chemical, and industrial gas industries. For more information on Holly Construction, please visit

"National VPP sites experience 60 to 80 percent less lost work day injuries than would be expected of an average site in their industry," said Kalinowski. "Not only do the MVPP and MVPPC programs significantly reduce injuries and illnesses - they also have a tremendous impact on the bottom line." 

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