- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - Two contractors at a Port Allen refinery were taken to a hospital Wednesday after they were injured while working near storage tanks, company officials said.

The workers were injured while doing work that required them to use fresh air supplies, which are provided by the refinery, said Rafael Bermudez, a spokesman for Placid Refining Co. LLC, in a statement.

He said the workers may have been exposed to gas. He said no substances leaked from the tanks or nearby facilities.

He said he had no details about the injuries because they were not Placid workers.

An investigation is looking into whether the safety equipment the contractors had “was properly used,” Bermudez said. State officials and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Bermudez said the refinery remained open.

About 75,000 barrels of crude oil a day are refined at the facility, which sits across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge.

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