Sulphur, La., May 20, 2013 – On April 28, 2013, CITGO Petroleum Corporation Lake Charles employees reached a new extraordinary safety record – three million hours without a single recordable safety incident, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

This is the second major safety milestone the employees of the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex (LCMC) have achieved in 2013. On Jan. 29, the CITGO LCMC also marked one full year without an OSHA recordable safety incident for the first time in its history.

The CITGO LCMC is the fifth largest refinery in the United States, and it employs nearly 2,000 full-time CITGO employees and contractors.

“CITGO Petroleum Corporation focuses on safety as one of its core values, and our commitment to safe operation is illustrated through this momentous achievement,” said Tomeu Vadell, Vice President and General Manager for the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex. “This remarkable accomplishment is a grand testament to the dedication of every one of our employees who works tirelessly to maintain the absolute highest safety standards and the CITGO safety systems, operational procedures and training processes.”

As defined by OSHA, a recordable case is an occupational work injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid, or an injury or illness that requires an employee to record days away from normal work.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit