An investigation was under way Friday into the death of a man who was injured while doing routine maintenance work in an empty tank at the Torrance Refinery.
The worker, who was in his 40s, died at a hospital at 4:08 p.m. Thursday, about 40 minutes after being injured at a tank farm on the Torrance Refining Co. property in the 3700 block of West 190th Street, according to Torrance Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Treskes.
According to the Daily Breeze, the man was struck by a heavy object that fell on him.
He was in full cardiac arrest when rescuers arrived at the scene. Paramedics performed advanced lifesaving and rushed him to a hospital, Treskes said.
His name was withheld pending family notifications, according to Sarah Ardalani of the coroner’s office.
The worker’s death is under investigation by Cal-OSHA, a state agency tasked with protecting workers from health and safety hazards on the job, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, according to Treskes.
A refinery company community relations manager told the Daily Breeze that the man worked for a Bay Area subcontractor called T.J. Thorpe & Son.
The last death at the Torrance facility was in 2009, when it was owned by ExxonMobil, according to the newspaper.
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