Two Tesoro Refinery Workers Splashed with Acid, Airlifted to Hospital

February 12, 2014 10:52 am · 9 comments

Two workers at the Tesoro refinery in Martinez are recovering at a hospital today after being burned in an acid spill early this morning, fire officials said today.

The workers were splashed with sulfuric acid around 2:40 a.m. at the refinery, located at 150 Solano Way, where they were treated before being airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. Robert Marshall said.

He said he did not know the extent of their injuries.

According to a statement from spokeswoman Megan Arredondo, the employees were injured while working in one of the refinery’s gasoline production units.

That unit has been shut down, and outside agencies including Contra Costa Health Services and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District have been notified of the incident, Arredondo said.

The circumstances of the accident remain under investigation.

Prayers February 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

My husband occasionally works there. I’m praying for the workers

Don February 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Clearly were not wearing PPE.

Rose February 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

May God bless and heal them

rob February 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

A lot is unknown to the readers of this article. I bet operations thought the line was acid free.

Honey B February 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

If I were those families, I’d contact a lawyer asap.

Kirkwood February 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

OSHA is sure to be all over it.

anon February 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

How sad for this to happen to the workers. God bless them and help them and their loved ones through this.

Wow February 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Standard PPE at an alkalation unit is goggles, not full face shield. This is SOP at all the Bay Area refineries. This is an accepted OSHA regulated practice. This was just an unforseeable, unfortunate accident. No ones complete safety is ever 100% guaranteed, especially at a refinery. Hope they end up ok.

foxylady February 14, 2014 at 2:02 AM


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