April 10, 2006

One dead in fuel tank accident at LA refinery

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A worker was killed at
ConocoPhillips' oil refinery in Los Angeles on Monday after the
roof of a naphtha fuel storage tank collapsed, a fire
department official said.

Four other workers were injured in the incident, Battalion
Chief Lou Roupoli said.

While a portion of the plant was closed, production at the
140,000 barrel per day Wilmington oil refinery continued
normally after the accident, Roupoli said.

ConocoPhillips officials were not immediately available for

"About 9:30 a.m. a floating roof tank collapsed while
workers were doing planned maintenance," said Roupoli.

As product is taken from the storage tank, a "floating"
roof lowers. The workers held up the roof with jacks and one of
the jacks collapsed, Roupoli said.