Friday, July 16, 2010

Artesia refinery cited for safety violations before deadly explosion

The New Mexico Independent

Navajo refinery. Photo by Glembly

"Artesia Fire Chief J.D. Hummingbird heard the explosion at the Navajo Refinery just before 1 p.m. March 2. He stepped outside to see a large, black plume of smoke rising from the facility, which sits at the intersection of two busy highways less than a mile from the fire station.

Firefighters arrived to find a storage tank, where contractors had been welding, engulfed in flames.

Two of the workers, Natividad Andajo and Victor Villa, were dead. Their bodies were burned beyond recognition.

Two other workers, both critically-injured, were airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas. One of them, Juan Carlos Hermosillo, 24, suffered broken arms, broken hips and fractured vertebrae." More>>>>

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