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Workers' lawsuit against Husky moves forward

Baihly Warfield
Updated: August 05, 2020 09:27 PM

The civil case filed by seven contract workers against Husky Energy will move forward in Douglas County Court. 

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The contractors, six from Texas and one from Louisiana, were working on April 26, 2018, when an explosion and fire rocked the refinery in Superior. 

They allege that the working conditions at the Superior refinery were more dangerous than they were warned about, that they did not have adequate safety equipment and that there was a lack of supervision, among other claims. 

Husky had asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, but he ruled there is enough grounds in the workers' complaint for it to continue. The company said Wednesday they would not comment while the case is before the courts. 

According to court documents, the workers "heard a strange knocking noise" and evacuated. They say that Husky employees instructed them to go back to work. The complaint alleges the explosion happened 30-45 minutes later, throwing the workers to the ground and showering them with "debris and shrapnel." 

The workers are seeking monetary damages of over $10,000, the lawsuit says. 

Husky continues to work on rebuilding the Superior refinery. COVID-19 paused the work, and the new completion estimate is 2022. 

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