Worker killed in accident near BP

October 9, 2008 1:14:09 PM PDT
A worker has reportedly died following an accident at a work site near the BP refinery in Texas City.According to BP spokesperson Daren Beaudo, a contract worker at an environmental land farm near the BP refinery was injured in a serious accident involving a backhoe. BP EMTs responded and administered treatment.

The worker was transported to Mainland Center Hospital where, according to the Galveston County Medical Examiner's office, he was pronounced dead.

The environmental land farm is approximately 200 acres and is located approximately one mile south of the BP refinery. The land farm receives non-hazardous biological materials from the facility's wastewater treatment plant. At the land farm, the biological materials naturally biodegrade, principally through exposure to the sun and bacteria.

In 2005, an explosion at the BP refinery killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, in its final report, found BP fostered bad management at the plant and that cost-cutting moves by BP were factors in the explosion.

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