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Contractor Taken to Hospital after Falling Into Tank at Refinery

The Superior Fire Department responded to a report that a contractor had fallen at the Husky Oil Refinery. The Superior Fire Department responded to a report that a contractor had fallen at the Husky Oil Refinery. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: August 21, 2019 11:29 AM

A contractor was taken to a hospital after falling into a tank at the Husky Oil Refinery in Superior.

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Husky Energy confirmed that a worker fell into an 18-foot high tank on Wednesday morning.  The Superior Fire Department and Mayo Clinic Ambulance were called to the scene at 8:22 a.m.

The worker was able to walk out of the tank on his own and was initially treated at the site before being taken to a hospital.  His condition was not released.

"Our immediate focus is on the worker and his wellbeing," said Husky spokesperson Kim Guttormson.

"We take all incidents extremely seriously and a full investigation into what happened is underway," Guttormson said.

Husky is in the process of cleaning up and repairing the Superior refinery after the April 2018 explosion and fire that injured contract workers and forced evacuations from the city.  The refinery is slated to resume operation in 2021.

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