Oil refinery worker killed at Valero's Memphis plant

04 December 2012 10:52  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A worker that was exposed to a hazardous chemical at US-based Valero's Memphis refinery in Tennessee has died, media reports announced late on Monday.

According to news ageny Reuters, which cited Valero spokesman Bill Day, an employee and a contractor were hurt when a small sight glass, a window that allows workers to monitor fluid levels within a tank, pipe, pump or boiler, on an alkylation unit failed at the refinery. The employee died in hospital.

The contractor, and the two firefighters who were also exposed, were taken to a hospital in non-critical condition, according to daily newspaper The Tennessean.

Earlier on Monday, Valero said refinery operations had not been affected and expected no environmental impact. At the time the company did not give the status of the two workers sent to the hospital.

"Trained emergency responders from both the refinery and local fire department arrived to handle the incident," the company said on Monday. "There was no explosion and no fire at the plant."

The incident remains under investigation.

In March, a flash fire at Valero's Tennessee refinery seriously injured three contract workers. One later died after suffering severe burns.

By: Franco Capaldo
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