On Saturday afternoon, a catastrophic accident occurred at LyondellBasell
Houston Refinery in southeast Houston. The accident left one contractor
impaled by a pipe; he was later airlifted to a nearby hospital for medical
attention. Another contractor suffered injuries, as well, although there
is no further information available about what occurred and how severely
he was injured.
According to a representative of LyondellBasell, the two contractors had
been working on a pipeline close at the time of the accident. No other
individual is believed to have been injured in the accident.
This is not the first serious accident to occur at this LyondellBasell
Houston Refinery. For example, in 2008, a 30-story-tall crane collapsed
at the refinery, severely injuring seven and killing four others.
Currently, the cause of yesterday's accident is unknown. No other information
has been released.