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Acid Accident Injures Worker at Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 4-Jan-2016

An accident recently took place at the Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, which is owned by Marathon Petroleum Corp. One worker suffered burn injuries from hydrofluoric acid while working on an alkylation unit that was shut down for an overhaul.

Though no specific information was given on the severity of the worker’s injuries or health, a Marathon spokesman commented that the worker was taken to a local hospital “as a precautionary measure.”

Overhauling the FCCU Units

Several units have been shut at the plant as part of an overhaul plan, including HF Alkylation Unit 3 and Fluidic Catalytic Cracking Units, the largest FCCU at the refinery. The unit the injured worker was servicing is specifically designed to produce high-octane gasoline components from refining by-products through a catalyst made by hydrofluoric acid. The acid is not just corrosive to skin, but can also cause severe damage to a person’s respiratory system and eye injuries.

Past History of Accidents at the Refinery

The refinery, which was previously owned by BP Plc was the same site where one of the deadliest refinery accidents in the past 10 years took place. On March 23, 2005, an explosion claimed the lives of 15 workers and injured 180 people. The burn accident that occurred at the start of this year further demonstrates the dangerous present at refineries and other industrial plants.

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