On Labor Day, one worker was left severely burned by a plant fire at the
HollyFrontier refinery in El Dorado, Kansas. He later succumbed to his
injuries that night, according to a spokesperson for Via Christi Hospital
St. Francis. The furnace tied to the plant’s reformer unit allegedly
ignited, which caused the fire. The reformer unit has since been turned
off while the rest of the refinery continued operating.
Both the spokesperson for United Steelworkers (the labor union to which
the worker belonged) and the CEO of HollyFrontier expressed their condolences
to the family of the plant employee. OSHA has already begun their investigation,
and per regulations have six months to determine the cause of the refinery fire.
About HollyFrontier Cos
HollyFrontier is a Dallas-based petroleum refiner with plants in Kansas,
New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. The El Dorado plant produced
150,000 barrels per day prior to the accident. The Fortune 500 company
has been operating since 1947, with total assets exceeding $10 billion
Arnold & Itkin extends our deepest sympathies to the victim’s
family. We hope they get answers soon from the OSHA investigation, and
that a tragedy like this never occurs at a HollyFrontier plant ever again.