OSHA investigators at Chevron after contractor falls to his death

OSHA investigators at Chevron after contractor falls to his death

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - OSHA investigators are in Pascagoula this week after a contractor at Chevron fell to his death Tuesday.

Chevron officials said Wednesday morning that Albert Lee Byrd II died after falling from an elevated structure Tuesday night around 7:30 p.m. Byrd was an employee with Performance Contractors Inc., a subcontractor who also works at the refinery.

Officials said Byrd was working inside a processing unit inside the refinery.

“It occurred in one our processing units inside the refinery," said Chevron spokesperson Alan Suddeth. "Our Chevron emergency response folks provided support, including calling an ambulance.”

However, neither Chevron nor OSHA are releasing many details about Byrd’s death since the investigation is ongoing. In fact, OSHA representatives tell us it could take as long as six months before a report is complete and available to the public.

Byrd was one of about 2,500 contract workers currently working at the Pascagoula refinery. An additional 1,583 people are employed directly by Chevron.

“Chevron and our partner contractors, like Performance, work hard everyday to make sure our employees are in a safe work environment and can go home to their families each and every day," said Suddeth. “That didn’t happen last (Tuesday) night. So we’re committed to making sure we fully investigate this matter, learn from this matter to make sure we avoid something like this from happening in the future."

We reached out to Performance Contractors for comment but weren’t able to leave a message because it was after hours.

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