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Worker hurt in rupture at Valero refinery dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012

In March, three contract workers were seriously burned in a fire at the plant, and Nicolas Cuevas later died of his injuries.

A relative of Cuevas filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful death and injury lawsuit against San Antonio-based Valero in April. The suit claims that there was a failure to ensure that there were no hazardous or flammable gases in a flare line and there was a failure to provide timely firefighting assistance.

Cooke said at the time that the fire was extinguished before firefighters arrived.

A Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection done after the fire cited the plant for nine serious violations and fined it $63,000.

The violations were related to the process of safety management of highly hazardous chemicals and control of hazardous energy, according to the inspection report.