Sunday, December 6, 2009

Big bang theory

Oh my this will certainly be costly to Valero in law suits.

Valero employee killed in boiler explosion
By Brett Clanton - Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — A day after a deadly accident at Valero's Texas City refinery, officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived at the plant Saturday to begin an investigation into what went wrong.

Tommy Mannis, 40, an instrument and electrical operator from Alvin, was killed in an explosion around 9 p.m. Friday as a work crew was attempting to restart a boiler that had tripped offline earlier in the day. Another Valero employee and a contract worker suffered minor injuries.

Investigations being conducted by San Antonio-based Valero and OSHA will try to pinpoint why the boiler failed.

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