A fatal accident at the CITGO Lake Charles refinery in Sulphur, Louisiana, tragically claimed the life of a contract worker on Monday.
Deceased Contractor Worked for Turner Industries
According to media reports, the March 9th incident occurred at the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex in Sulphur and involved an employee of Turner Industries LLC. While the exact nature of the accident remains unclear, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department told KPLC-TV that the unidentified worker had been transferred to an area hospital where they died.
A CITGO spokesman later confirmed the accident but declined to provide any additional information.
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the workers’ death in coordination with Turner Industries and management of the CITGO refinery.
About the CITGO Refinery in Sulphur
Built in 1944, the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex is the sixth-largest refining facility in the United States and a leading manufacturer of high-quality transportation fuels and petrochemicals. The facility is also the largest of CITGO’s three refineries and has a crude oil refining capacity of 425,000 barrels per day.
More than 2,000 people work at the CITGO refinery in Sulphur, including 1,029 regular full-time employees and an average of 988 contractors.
According to the Right-to-Know Network, the CITGO refinery’s last serious incident occurred in 2016, when a worker was injured during an accidental release of hydrogen sulfide gas.
The facility’s last fatal accident occurred in March 1991, when an explosion involving a catalytic cracking unit killed six CITGO refinery workers and severely burned six others. The unit was being returned to service after routine maintenance, but a drainage valve was left open and allowed water to convert to steam when mixed with superheated oil.
CITGO later agreed to pay a then record $6 million OSHA fine to settle federal safety charges related to the 1991 refinery explosion.
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