Phila. refinery honored for safety

Gov. Corbett's labor secretary, Julie K. Hearthway, on Wednesday presented Philadelphia Energy Solutions with a special commendation for amassing 3 million consecutive hours without an injury. And PES employees were rewarded with a surprise bonus.

The company, which acquired the South Philadelphia refinery in 2012 in a joint venture with Sunoco Inc., went almost a year without an injury, a significant accomplishment for a heavy industry that processes 13.9 million gallons of fuel a day.

At a barbecue lunch for staff on Wednesday, the company announced that all 1,141 PES employees would receive a $500 bonus this week in recognition of the safety record. "Spending $600,000 never felt so good," said Philip Rinaldi, the company's chief executive.