Contract worker dies after accident near Motiva Port Arthur refinery

Contract worker dies after accident near Motiva Port Arthur refinery

A man is dead following a crane accident near Motiva Port Arthur Refinery that occurred Thursday, July 13.

Port Arthur Police Department reports that it responded to an accident at MLK and Terminal road near the Motiva plant at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday to find that a crane had fallen on an individual. PAPD reports that Acadian Ambulance responded to the scene and transported the man to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, where he was pronounced dead.

The following statement was issued by Motiva following a reported crane accident near the refinery Thursday, July 13:

"Motiva regrets to confirm that a contract employee from Newtron’s Beaumont Facility was fatally injured during maintenance work on the right-of-way between the Port Arthur Refinery and Port Arthur Terminal on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Safety is Motiva’s first priority and we are deeply saddened by this event."

“The Motiva family is devastated by this news,” said Greg Lucchesi, General Manager of the Port Arthur Refinery. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased contract employee, their family and coworkers. We are focused on supporting the family and conducting a thorough investigation into the cause to ensure this never happens again.”

Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam III identified the man as Charles Bagley, 59 of Dequincy, Louisiana.