An industrial incident sent three workers at PBF Energy refinery to the hospital Tuesday in Delaware City, DE.
Three workers suffered injuries, but refinery officials only confirm the injuries but not the blast.
One 39-year-old worker was burned on his face and arms. A 36-year-old man was also seriously burned on his face and neck. And a third man suffered burns to his feet.
A spokesman for a company working at the Delaware City Refining Co. site joined others in saying the incident did not involve an explosion.
“We are working on gathering as much information as we can about the incident. Importantly, there is no credible evidence of an explosion, even a minor one, despite published reports,” said Mike Murphy of Nooter Construction. “Although early in the process, we believe the injuries resulted from a release of material from pressurized equipment that our injured employees and others were working on at the time. We are committed to understanding what happened and sharing the learnings with our workforce and other employers.”
Nooter is a national industrial contractor with an office in the Philadelphia area.
“We are saddened to confirm that three Nooter Construction employees were injured in an incident that occurred Tuesday at the Delaware City Refinery, where we provide contract refinery maintenance,” Murphy said. “We have spoken with all three employees and their families, and are pleased that one of our employees was released from the hospital Tuesday. Our thoughts are with them as they begin their recovery. We are also grateful to our other employees and PBF workers who helped control the situation and quickly get responders to the job site.”
Refinery spokesperson Lisa J. Lindsey also stated no explosion, fire or operating event was associated with the incident.
Three workers were taken to Crozier Chester Burn Center with burns, with one in critical condition.
The injuries were the first serious ones reported at the refinery since 2015. At that time, a flash fire blamed on faulty maintenance procedures sent one worker to the hospital with burns.