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Workers Sprayed with Acid at Tesaro Refinery

Tina Robinson3 years ago

According to a Reuters report, two refinery workers were sprayed with sulfuric acid on March 10 at a Tesaro refinery in Martinez, California. This is the second incident of this nature to occur at the refinery in the past month.

A Contra County hazardous materials specialist, Lacey Friedman, told Reuters that one of the workers had been treated and released. The second worker remains hospitalized.

Tina Barbee, a spokeswoman for Tesaro, stated that the workers were wearing full protective equipment at the time of the incident and were decontaminated before being transported to a local medical facility.

About the Refinery Incidents

  • On February 12, two workers were treated at a local hospital after a sulfuric acid release.
    • The workers were testing material produced by an alkylation unit when the incident occurred.
    • Workers told the U.S. Chemical Safety Board that being sprayed with the acid is a common occurrence and they lacked face shields and protective clothing.
  • The recent incident and the one in February are reported to have occurred in the same alkylation unit but in different process areas.
  • The two incidents are believed to be unrelated, according to a Tesaro spokeswoman.
  • Tesaro has stated that after the first incident, the company reviewed safety procedures with employees.

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