Those in California may have heard about the workplace accident at Tesoro refinery about a month ago. Unfortunately, the place of business is the subject of headlines again as another similar accident occurred. Again, two employees were injured on the job.
Two workers have been injured after being sprayed with sulfuric acid. The workers were reportedly performing maintenance on the equipment when it allegedly malfunctioned. Both workers were reportedly wearing the appropriate safety gear. They were taken to the hospital for medical examination and necessary treatment after being decontaminated.
This incident occurred at the Tesoro facility and unit in Martinez, California, just like the one from February. Further, it involved the exact same chemical — a sulfuric acid. Last month’s incident resulted in second-degree burns for two of the workers in the facility; however, the news article did not mention the severity of the burns, if any, from this incident.
Tesoro has released a statement saying that they want to get to the bottom of this incident, including why and how it happened as well as how to prevent another incident like this one from occurring in the future. They further stated that they do not believe that this second incident is related in any way to the incident a month ago. However, it is under investigation.
It remains to be seen what conclusions will be drawn from the investigation. Employers like Tesoro are required to provide a safe work environment for its employees. When this is not provided, those injured on the job may be able to seek compensation through a workers’ compensation claim to cover medical and household expenses until they recover and can return to work.
Source: ABC7 News, Officials investigating acid spill at Tesoro refinery in Martinez, Carolyn Tyler, March 10, 2014