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Unofficial walkout over safety at construction site

Issue No. 2209

Some 100 ConocoPhillips workers on the Lindsey oil refinery site walked out over safety on Wednesday of last week after a man was killed in an explosion.

Robert Greenacre, from Grimsby, was working near the site on Tuesday when he died in the blast. Two others were injured.

The ConocoPhillips Humber Refinery workers, who share the site with the Lindsey refinery in north Lincolnshire, staged an unofficial walkout over the dangerous conditions.

The fire started in a crude oil distillation unit—where oil is heated to huge temperatures—right next to the other workplace.

One worker said, “We don’t think the site is safe. It was all insulated with asbestos and we feel it’s all over the site now.”

As Socialist Worker went to press, workers at Lindsey were still at home after safety inspectors investigating the explosion found evidence of asbestos and closed the site.

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Tue 6 Jul 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2209
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