Contractor killed at Marcus Hook Refinery Project
Sunoco Logistics Partners, LP confirmed that on Monday, March 30, 2015, around 2:30pm, a contractor working at the former Marcus Hook refinery in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was killed in an onsite accident. The contractor’s name has not yet been released because the next of kin has not yet been notified.
The contractor reportedly died of blunt force trauma after a large pylon fell on top of him. There are few details that have been released about the accident and the victim. The only reported information is that the man was believed to be struck in the head by the pylon when it accidentally fell during construction. The only personal details about the victim known to the public, are that the man was from New Jersey, in his 50’s, and was a contractor for the engineering firm AECOM, a global provider of architecture, design, engineering, and construction services for public and private clients.
The U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confirmed federal officials are investigating the incident. According to agency records, AECOM has been cited for several OSHA violations in the past. Joanna Hawkins, OSHA spokeswoman, stated, “The worker was struck by a steel pile during pile-driving operations.” Hawkins added that the federal investigation could take up to six months to complete.
The former refinery in Marcus Hook, owned by Sunoco Logistics, stopped refining petroleum products three years ago. The facility has since been converting into a terminal to store, export, process, and distribute natural gas liquids. The terminal will handle liquid natural gas products, such as propane, to be carried from western Pennsylvania’s Macellus Shale region via pipelines.
Company spokesman, Joseph McGinn, stated in a brief press release the day of the incident, “We are saddened to report that at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, a contractor working at our Marcus Hook Industrial Complex was fatally injured on the job.” He continued, “No words can express the sorrow and pain that come when such a tragic event happens. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the individual who died. They have suffered a devastating loss.”
The construction related to the conversion process is still ongoing. No other injuries have been reported and no new information on the victim has been released.