October 24, 2006 at 11:40 pm #4115
Oct 22, 2006 10:02 PM CDT
CORPUS CHRISTI – A sad update on the 35-year-old man who fell off a ladder at the Flint Hills West plant Friday night. A spokesperson for J.V. Industries, a subcontractor at the refinery, said the victim Ramiro Dominguez died Saturday night.
Officials said Dominguez had finished cleaning a vessel, around 5:30 p.m., and was climbing down a ladder when he fell back, hitting his head on the concrete below the ladder.
Dominguez is a contract worker for J.V. Industries and been working off and on for the subcontractor for about a year as a boiler maker, dissembling and resembling equipment. The company said Dominguez was trained in his field and it is now looking into how the accident happened. Flint Hills is also investigating the accident.
October 24, 2006 at 11:44 pm #7520
A Flint Hills Corpus Refinery Subcontractor dies from falling off a ladder in the West plant Friday. This, I feel, is just another example of where the real safety problem and issue lies for all US refineries. Major construction firms hire lots of subcontractor and most of the high level safety training at refineries hardly makes it through the upper management of the major firms and barely into their workforce let alone into the subcontractors they hire to keep cost down.
It is the problem of outsourcing the work and the safety responsibility along with it that is causing problems for refineries. The refineries still have a high focus and concentration on safety for their workforce but often there isn’t the same level of over-sight for contractors and their subcontractors.
Valero would be at positive end of this spectrum, recently it won a safety award, where for the first time in history a refinery had all (7) of its primary contractors certified as “Star Site” for its Bill Greehey Refinery (http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=VLO&script=410&layout=-6&item_id=900981).
And BP would be at the other end due recent problems/115 lawsuits from Texas City accident & as an example of the other extreme – it was a BP subcontractor that parked the work trailer next to the fence/work area; it was mostly subcontractors that were killed & injured, and it was subcontractors that had installed the wrong kind of pipe / metallurgy that failed despite BP employee orders not to do it.
This area should be highlighted as major fault line – refinery safety programs need to take control of making sure not only contractors but also the subcontractors the contractors hire are certified AND follow the same standards their own people do. Outsourcing the work is ok – Outsourcing the safety is a time bomb.
January 21, 2007 at 10:27 am #7480
Mr. Randall you are so wrong with sub contractors at BP. I was present for the explosion, it was faulty equipment and sub standard operations that allowed the vessel to fill past the safe liquid level. The operators forgot to open a gate valve during
Oh, concerning the location of the trailer, you are wrong, I was in the kick off meeting over a year before, Mr. King, who died, wanted to locate the trailers where BP trailers were located. BP refused because that is where their trailers are always located.
Mr. King did not want to be that close to an operating unit with admin trailers. He was over ruled. By the way, how may BP employees were reported killed!!!! None, their trailers were in a safe area and their operators were doing what they do best, soak up AC in the control room.
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