Crane boom crushes refinery contractor

April 20, 2010 7:39:34 AM PDT
A crane boom that apparently snapped and fell has crushed to death a man who was working on a $7 billion refinery expansion project in Port Arthur. Authorities declined to identify the man who was killed Monday. The Beaumont Enterprise reported on the death.

Federal investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the cause of the accident at the Motiva refinery. Officials suspect a crane boom snapped, crushing the man to death.

Motiva is doubling its crude oil processing capacity to 600,000 barrels. The project is expected to be completed in 2012.