Worker killed in Paulsboro Refinery accident

 A 2008 File Photo of the Paulsboro Refinery, now owned by by PBF Energy (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A 2008 File Photo of the Paulsboro Refinery, now owned by by PBF Energy (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Authorities say an accident at a southern New Jersey refinery has claimed the life of a worker.

The Gloucester County prosecutor’s office said the accident occurred at the Paulsboro Refinery in Gibbstown at about 9:30 a.m. Friday.

An air compressor line broke and struck 63-year-old Gary Grimming, who was sandblasting a tank at the time. Grimming was employed by a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based company.

The prosecutor’s office says Grimming was killed instantly.

The county medical examiner’s office and representatives from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration also responded to the scene.

The Paulsboro Refinery is owned by PBF Energy. According to the company’s website, the facility processes a variety of medium and to heavy sour crude oils and predominantly produces gasoline, heating oil and aviation jet fuel. The refinery also manufactures Group I lubricant base oils. In addition to its finished clean products slate, Paulsboro produces asphalt and petroleum coke.

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