When an accident injures workers, research must follow to determine the cause. Knowing the cause of an accident can ensure workers are better protected in the future. Ideally, the company would welcome a properly run investigation.
Refinery workers and those employed at similar Los Angeles job sites may have already heard of the current situation unfolding at the Tesoro refinery in Martinez. Federal officials allege Tesoro's management is blocking an inquiry into an industrial accident. The accident at the refinery occurred on Feb. 12. Equipment attached to a large process tank experienced a mechanical breach. The tank housed concentrated sulfuric acid as well as flammable hydrocarbons. The breach resulted in approximately five gallons of sulfuric acid to leak per minute.