18 July 2008 22:19 [Source: ICIS news]
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HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Four people died on Friday after a crane collapsed at the LyondellBasell Houston refinery, a company spokesman said.
In addition, three people were hospitalised, the spokesman said at a press conference. All of the workers were contractors and were not employed by LyondellBasell.
The accident happened shortly before 2 pm Houston time (19:00 GMT), according to media reports. Those reports said that at least six people were injured.
The cause of the collapse was under investigation.
The crane was to be used during a planned 45-to-60-day turnaround at the refinery, the spokesman said.
The accident did not affect operations at the refinery, the spokesman said.
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