Refinery Workers Injured in Acid Spill

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 @ 07:02 PM gHale

Two workers at the Tesoro refinery in Martinez, CA, ended up treated and released from a hospital after suffering burns from an acid spill early Wednesday morning, according to officials from Tesoro and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Sulfuric acid splashed the workers around 2:40 a.m. at the refinery, where emergency workers treated them before officials airlifted them to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. Robert Marshall said.

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Tesoro spokeswoman Megan Arredondo said the employees were treated for minor injuries and have since left the hospital.

The workers suffered injuries while working in one of the refinery’s gasoline production units, she said.

Tesoro shut down the unit, and outside agencies including Contra Costa Health Services and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District are aware of the incident, Arredondo said.

Arredondo said Tesoro is looking into what caused the incident.

Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins said the state agency is also investigating the accident and confirmed the workers suffered injuries that are not life-threatening. He said Cal/OSHA’s investigation could take up to six months.