An oil refinery worker was killed, and another was seriously injured after an oil refinery explosion in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. According to the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat, the incident occurred on Friday at around 6:20 p.m. at the plant owned by CVR Energy.
Two workers were reportedly attempting to restart a boiler following a temporary maintenance shutdown when the unit suddenly exploded. A 34-year-old worker from Pauls Valley was killed, and a 45-year-old man from Davis, Oklahoma, suffered critical injuries in the blast.
Chief Executive Officer of CVR Energy, Jack Lipinski, offered sympathy to the victims and their families in a public statement, and also announced the company and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are both conducting investigations into the work-related accident to determine its cause and whether or not the blast could have been prevented.
Area Director for OSHA, David Bates, also asked other oil and gas industry companies in the area to take a moment to discuss on-the-job safety with employees, as the state has seen an unusually high number of industry fatalities during the past year. OSHA data shows nine workers have died since October of last year in work-related accidents in Oklahoma alone.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to send their most sincere sympathies to the family of the deceased victim and encourage anyone who has experienced a work-related accident to speak with an attorney about possible Oklahoma Workers Compensation benefits.