Bucharest, August 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
Constanta prosecutors have opened a criminal case against Petromidia Navodari Refinery after a fire occurred Monday afternoon at its premises that injured four, one of whom died Tuesday morning of burns.
“Investigations are being conducted for unintentional bodily harm, manslaughter, failure to take the legal occupational safety and health measures and violation of the legal occupational safety and health measures. Initial investigations have found that on August 22, 2016 around 18:00hrs, a team of workers were conducting repair works on a pipeline carrying heated crude vacuum distillate, when a fire broke out,” informs a press statement of the Prosecution Office with the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation on Tuesday.
According to the source, the Prosecutor’s Office with the Constanta Court of Appeal took over the case built by the Prosecution Office with the Constanta Court.
“Two prosecutors of the Constanta County Prosecution went to the scene on the same evening and investigations were resumed today by an officer of the Prosecutor’s Office with the Constanta Court of Appeal, who coordinates a joint team of police officers and forensic experts. Investigations continue in order to clarify all the factual circumstances and determine the criminal liability in the case,” the statement says.
Four persons were injured Monday in an explosion at the Petromidia Refinery, and they were taken to Bucharest hospitals by ambulance.
Two victims who are being treated at the Burn Hospital in Bucharest are in stable condition and might undergo surgery on Wednesday, while another one at the Bagdasar-Arseni Hospital is stable, but still on a ventilator.
A fourth man injured in the blast died Tuesday morning at the Bagdasar-Arseni Hospital.