UPDATE 1-Two workers burned at BP Texas City refinery
Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:46pm EDT
* Refinery unit continues to operate
* One worker suffered 30 pct burns -paper
HOUSTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Two workers on Tuesday suffered burns while working at BP Plc’s (BP.L) (BP.N) 475,000 barrel per day (bpd) Texas City, Texas, refinery, a company spokesman said.
Refinery operations were unaffected by the incident, according to sources familiar with refinery operations. The men were working on one of the refinery’s crude units, which continued operating after the incident.
The workers were burned by steam, the sources said.
The BP spokesman did not have information immediately available about the workers’ injuries. He also declined to disclose what unit or units the men were working on. The workers were taken to area hospitals.
The Galveston County Daily Sun reported on its website that one worker was flown to a Galveston, Texas, burn unit, with burns of over 30 percent.
The other worker was driven by ambulance to another hospital, the Galveston paper said.
Representatives of the two hospitals were not immediately available to discuss the condition of the workers.
BP’s Texas City refinery was the site of the worst U.S. refinery accident in the past five years when 15 workers were killed and 180 others injured in an explosion.
Earlier this year, BP paid a $50.6 million fine to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to settle worker safety violations stemming from the March 23, 2005 blast.
BP faces a federal class action lawsuit for a 40-day release of benzene during a unit malfunction at the refinery this year.
BP’s Texas City refinery is the third-largest in the United States. (Reporting by
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