One dead, another injured in freak-accident at BPCL’s Kochi refinery


One dead, another injured in freak-accident at BPCL’s Kochi refinery

Bharat Petroleum (BPCL), the country’s second-largest fuel retailer, was in the news again for an accident that took place in its Kochi refinery on Sunday. One contract personnel died and another one was left injured.

According to a BPCL spokesperson, the accident happened when cover of the heat exchanger slipped and fell on two contract maintenance personnel working on a routine maintenance job.

“The incident happened at Kochi refineries’ petro-fluid catalytic-cracking unit, where two contracted personnel, as part of routine maintenance activity, were cleaning the heat exchanger instalment. The lid of the heat exchanger slipped and killed one worker, the second worker survived with minor injuries,” BPCL executive said.

This was the latest in a series of recent on-site accidents in India’s oil and gas sector. Earlier this month a fire broke out at BPCL’s Mumbai refinery that injured several people. Read More

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