Authorities Investigate Corpus Christi Refinery Death
Cause of Death Yet to be Determined
According to KRIS-TV, the man was found by a fellow employee in an operating unit at the Citgo Corpus Christi East Plant around 9:00 pm.
Responders rushed the unconscious employee to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The employee’s name has not been released.
Authorities are continuing their investigations into the man’s death, and have not yet announced an official cause of death.
Oil and Gas Injury Statistics
The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- Between 2003 and 2010, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on in on the job accidents.
- The rate of onsite fatalities for the oil and gas extraction is seven times greater than the average for all U.S. industries.
- Leading cause of death in the oil and gas industry include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Chemical exposure
- Confined spaces