UPDATE: Tesoro Refinery Workers Suffer Minor Injuries in Acid Spill

February 13, 2014 15:00 pm · 2 comments

Two workers at the Tesoro refinery in Martinez were treated and released from a hospital after being burned in an acid spill on Wednesday, according to officials from Tesoro and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

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.

Tesoro spokeswoman Megan Arredondo said the employees were treated for minor injuries and have since been released.

The workers were injured while working in one of the refinery’s gasoline production units, she said.

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.

She said Tesoro is looking into what caused the accident.

Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins said the state agency is also investigating the accident and confirmed that the workers suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

He said Cal/OSHA’s investigation could take up to six months.

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1 DanMtz February 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Glad to hear they had “minor” injuries. Yearly maintenance time at refineries is probably when most of these types of incidents occur. Communication between contractors and other refinery workers can be sketchy.

2 anon neighbor February 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

As an employee at a local refinery, it is with great relief that neither of these people were hurt badly. They still did not go home in the same condition they went to work that day.

Proper PPE is the minimum requirements, you can always PPE up, meaning more than what is required. That is up to the individual. Refineries are dangerous places to work. These guys were working while 90% of us were sleeping. It is hard to get used to working the graveyard shift.

For our refinery, at this time in the morning it is sample time. WE are pulling samples for testing. If the unit is shutdown and in a turnaround then there may have been mitigating circumstances. or just plain bad luck. Sometimes it is just the luck of the draw, after all we are all human and therefore not perfect.

Bottom line is these guys will be okay and maybe just a little more safe over the course of their careers. Safety First.

In the 20 years I have been working in a local refinery our safety rules have improved greatly thanks to our union, our company and our local community. Trust me, we process operators are the last people who want to have a problem, When problems occur, S*** happens. We would all rather have a boring night and complain about when the shift will end.

Stay safe guys.

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