7 Workers Injured at Site of Hot Work

Washington DC – An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an incident that injured seven workers – including three critically – that occurred at the Sunoco Logistics Partners, a terminal facility in Nederland, Texas.

According to initial inquiries, the incident involved a flash fire during welding – also referred to as hot work – activities at the facility.  Hot work is defined as burning, welding, or similar spark-producing operations that can ignite fires or explosions.

Media reports state that all of the injured were contractors engaged in work activities on a crude oil pipeline connection.

The CSB has issued a wide range of material regarding the dangers of hot work, including safety videos, a safety bulletin, and accident investigations.