KFOX14 Investigates: Contractor fined for worker's death at Western Refining

KFOX14 Investigates: Contractor fined for worker's death at Western Refining. (KFOX)

KFOX14 Investigates has learned a contractor has now been fined for the death of a worker at Western Refining in December.

On December 1, 2016, Jesus Ruiz died while working at Western Refining.

Little was known about his death, but KFOX14 Investigates obtained new information about the accident from the Occupational Standards and Health Administration (OSHA).

Documents show, Ruiz was a paint-spray machine operator.

In its accident summary report, OSHA said Ruiz put on his air-supplied hood and suffocated because of low oxygen.

According to Western Refining, Ruiz was an employee of a contractor hired by Western Refining.

OSHA has fined that company, The Brock Group based in Houston, more than $23,000.

OSHA investigators found two serious violations with The Brock Group.

KFOX14 Investigates asked a spokesperson for Western Refining what kind of work The Brock Group was doing for the refinery butwas told they cannot comment since this is currently under litigation.

According to its website, The Brock Group provides industrial specialty services. The website states, “The company supports routine maintenance, turnarounds and capital projects by providing services including scaffolding and work access, insulation, coatings/linings, and asbestos abatement, as well as additional associated services.”

Records obtained by KFOX14 Investigates show The Brock Group was fined at the end of May, but as of last week, is contesting the fine.

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