Tenn. refinery worker dies after chemical exposure

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- An oil refinery worker has died after being exposed to propane and acid at a Valero plant in Memphis.

He's the second fatality this year from an on-the-job injury at the plant.

The plant has been cited for violations related to the safe handling and control of hazardous energy and chemicals.

Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said two workers were injured when a sight glass on a pump ruptured, exposing them to a mixture of propane and hydrofluoric acid. A sight glass is a window for workers to monitor fluid levels within a tank, pipe, pump or boiler.

One worker died at the hospital. Another worker and two firefighters have non-critical injuries.

Company spokesman Bill Day said San Antonio-based Valero is investigating and that safety is it most important concern.

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