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Accident in Eni’s Ethylene Plant Two Workers Killed Due to a Tragic Fall in a Waste Water Tank

Two workers conducting inspection work in the Sicilian municipality of Priolo suffered a terrible fall in a waste water tank and lost their lives. The accident happened in the ethylene production plant of Eni’s subsidiary, Versalis.

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Two workers perish due to a fall in a waste water tank in the ethylene production plant of Eni’s subsidiary, Versalis in Priolo, Italy.
Two workers perish due to a fall in a waste water tank in the ethylene production plant of Eni’s subsidiary, Versalis in Priolo, Italy.
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Priolo, Italy – According to the Hydrocarbon Processing internet portal’s report, the deceased persons were employees of a third-party service provider hired for inspecting the ethylene production plant of Eni’s subsidiary, Versalis. One of these employees fell in a waste water tank while trying to install a small monitoring camera on the edge of this tank.

His colleague also fell in to the tank in an attempt to save him. According to the information given by this internet portal, Versalis is Italy’s largest chemical company based on sales, production volumes and number of employees. The company has communicated that the causes of this accident are still under investigation and that the safety of its employees and service providers is of utmost importance to them.

However, according to Hydrocarbon Processing, the safety concern is highly disputed. Due to this incident, Italy’s three largest trade unions have called for strikes on Thursday. "Unfortunately in Italy suppliers and service providers are considered second-class workers with limited rights and safeguards”, explains Enrico Miceli, Secretary General of the trade union, Filctem-Cgil.

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