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In Texas Refinery Boiler Failure 1 Killed, 2 Injured

Workers at a Texas refinery were trying to restart a giant industrial boiler while a catastrophic failure resulted death of one worker and two got injured, as said by a company spokesman.

Valero Energy Corp spokesman Bill Day also said, 245,000 barrel (bpd) refinery in Texas City, 50 miles southeast of Houston, was presently operating at planned production levels. The boiler that failed was one of several providing steam and power at the refinery.

When the boiler failed, Tommy Manis, 40, of Alvin died instantly said Day. Manis was part of crew working on the boiler.

According to the Local media reports the boiler exploded on Friday night, but Day said investigators were investigating to determine exactly what occurred.

"There was definitely a loud noise" when boiler failed, he said.

"Our sympathies are with Mr. Manis' family," said Day. "It's a very sad event. For a company with 22,000 employees it is surprisingly tight-knit. These things reverberate throughout the Valero community."

The investigators from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reached at the refinery on Saturday morning to start probing the accident.

Of the two workers injured in the boiler failure, one fell and the other suffered cuts. Both the workers spent the night in a local hospital. One of the workers is a Valero employee and the other works for an outside contractor doing work at the refinery.

The boiler failed was installed at plant at the plant in 2006. About 101 years old, the refinery is among the oldest on Texas.

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