According to the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), an explosion followed by a fire occurred on the evening of 22 August at the Petromidia petrochemical platform near Constanta. The report said that two nitrogen tanks and a petrol pump exploded, resulting in four injured workers, one of which died Tuesday morning.
Constanta prosecutors have opened a criminal case against Petromidia Navodari refinery after the incident. The press release said that the investigations are being conducted for unintentional bodily harm, manslaughter, failure to take legal occupational safety and heath measures and violation of the legal occupational safety and health measures. Initial investigation found out that on 22 August, around 18:00 a team of workers were conducting repair works on a pipeline carrying heated crude vacuum distillate, when a fire broke out.
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