Fears of further gas leaks at a North Lincolnshire oil refinery have caused hundreds of workers to walk out over safety concerns.
More than 450 contract workers at the Philips 66 plant in South Killingholme refused to work for a second day on November 11 after two of their colleagues were rushed to hospital because of an earlier leak on November 5.
Although company representatives claim that all is well at the plant, workers and their union representatives believe that this is “the straw that broke the camel’s back” where worker safety is concerned.
Shaune Clarkson, an officer at the GMB union, said members wanted the firm to reassure them that the issue had been resolved and that it posed no more danger.
He added that workers had walked out because bosses had failed to do this.
This is not the first time refinery employees have been put at risk.
A huge blast ripped through the plant in April 2001, injuring two employees.
Emergency response and hospitalisation
The November 5 incident took place during routine maintenance work at the plant.
A plant spokesperson confirmed that there had been “a small gas release on a unit during some routine maintenance work at the Humber Refinery”.
The two workers were taken to a local hospital after an emergency response team and an ambulance responded to the incident.
They were later given the all-clear to return to work, but the safety concerns of their fellow workers and representatives have brought the plant to a halt.
Philips 66 is one of the largest and most complex refineries on the edge of the North Sea, processing barrels of oil and manufacturing diesel.
Gas safety and workplace accident claims
Every company with employees working with gas has a responsibility to protect their workers.
Illness and injuries from gas can also happen in the home due to poor fitting of gas piping or equipment.
Accident Advice Helpline can advise a wide range of incidents, with personal injury claims resulting from unsafe work conditions or accidents in the home.