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Two injured in steam leak at Humber Refinery in eastern UK

01 November 2013

A steam leak on October 30 that injured two workers at a North Lincolnshire oil refinery is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and police. The employees were airlifted to the regional burns unit in Wakefield from the Humber Refinery in South Killingholme. Humberside Police said one man was in a critical condition with another man described as "poorly".

A spokeswoman for Phillips 66 said: "At approximately 9.30am yesterday, there was an incident on site involving a steam leak at the Humber Refinery.

"Two people were injured and we can confirm that they have been transferred to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield via air ambulance. We are currently in touch with their families and offering support and assistance to them. We will continue to update as we receive any more information."

The incident comes almost a year after the site racked up six years without an Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) recordable incident.

Major safety improvements were put in place at the plant following a massive explosion there in April 2001 caused by a gas leak. The company, then known as ConocoPhillips, was fined more than £1 million after admitting seven offences involving breaching health and safety regulations.

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