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Refinery Worker Perishes from Plant Fire

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Sep-2017

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 worldwide.

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.

Categories: Fires, Gas Plant Fire

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