Worker Killed in Texas Refinery Accident

April 21, 2010

An industrial accident at the Motiva Enterprises LLC refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, has claimed one life. A crane boom that apparently snapped and fell crushed a contract worker to death.

Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam told KFDM-TV that the worker died in the accident on April 20.

The plant is the site of a $7 billion expansion project to double capacity to nearly 600,000 barrels a day.

A statement from Motiva confirms a fatality involving a contract worker happened around 8:30 a.m. Monday in an area where the refinery is being expanded. Motive says the circumstances of the incident are under investigation.

Further details were not immediately released.

Information from: KFDM-TV,

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