Chemicals Kill Refinery Worker

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 @ 06:12 PM gHale


An oil refinery worker died after suffering from exposure to propane and acid at a Valero plant in Memphis, TN.

He is the second person to die this year from an on-the-job injury at the plant.

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The plant earned citations for violations related to the safe handling and control of hazardous energy and chemicals.

Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said two workers suffered injuries when a sight glass on a pump ruptured, exposing them to a mixture of propane and hydrofluoric acid. A sight glass is a transparent tube or window that allows workers to monitor fluid levels within a tank, pipe, pump or boiler.

One of the workers died at the hospital. The second worker and two firefighters have non-critical injuries. The names of the victims were not immediately available.

Company spokesman Bill Day says Valero is investigating the incident and that safety is its most important concern.



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