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Four Die In Houston Refinery Accident
Friday, July 18, 2008

Four workers were killed and six others were injured when a crane collapsed at LyondellBasell's refinery in southeast Houston Friday, according to an official at the Houston Fire Department.

Houston Assistant Fire Chief Omero Longoria said at a news conference that four workers had died in the accident. Some earlier press reports had said that workers had been injured but that there were no confirmed fatalities.

Of the six workers who were injured, three have been released from the hospital, while the other three are being held with trauma-related injuries, Longoria told reporters at the news conference.

He said the accident remains under investigation. Company officials haven't said whether the accident has affected gasoline production at the 270,000-barrel-a-day refinery.

A large industrial crane being used to repair a unit at LyondellBasell's Houston refinery collapsed Friday afternoon, company officials said. According to onlookers, the crane tipped over, ripping through a large tent that contractors use as space to eat lunch, take breaks and store their gear.

Source: Dow Jones Newswires

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