24 March 2005 18:39 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--BP said Thursday the death toll from Wednesday’s explosion at its ?xml:namespace>
The body of a contract employee listed as missing on Wednesday was accounted for Thursday morning.
The blast ocurred as employees of JE Merit, part of Jacobs Engineering in
The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s office was working with the contracting firm to identify bodies and notify relatives.
BP chief executive John Browne visited the refinery Wednesday morning. “Yesterday was a dark day in BP’s history,” he said.
Browne said BP was helping government agencies investigate the cause of the accident, as well as conducting its own probe. He said BP "will leave nothing undone" to determine the cause of the explosion.
Two workers died last year in a separate incident at the refinery, but Browne maintained the facility was a “very safe plant.” He added that BP’s
The isomerisation unit makes an additive that increases the octane content of gasoline.
Browne said the shutdown of the isomerisation unit will not impact the
Meanwhile, other parts of the refinery were continuing to operate, BP said. Non-essential contract employees were sent home until Monday.
The blast injured some 100 employees, sending them to three area hospitals. Most of them had been released as of Thursday but seven remained in critical condition at the
Ammons said he has represented workers injured in explosions at other facilities.
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