Man injured in Newfoundland refinery explosion has died

Refinery owner Braya Renewables says one of the workers injured in the Sept. 2 explosion at its facility in Come By Chance, Newfoundland has died.

The explosion at the refinery about 150 kilometres west of St.  John’s sent eight people to hospital.

Six workers have returned home, and one remains in hospital.

Braya Renewables confirmed the worker’s death after a union representing steelworkers at the refinery posted a tribute on Facebook to their member who died.

The cause of Friday’s explosion and subsequent fire at the refinery is being investigated by police and the province’s Occupational Health and Safety division.

The refinery, which is a main source of employment in the area, was once an oil-producing plant that has been going through the process of conversion to a renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel operation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 16, 2022.

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