One person injured in oil refinery explosion near Fallon

FALLON, Nev. (KRNV & - There was an explosion at the Bango Refining oil refinery near Fallon injuring one person Monday morning. The injured man has only been identified as 24-years-old. He was hit with hot oil and asphalt, receiving burns over 58 percent of his body. Jerry McCullough with Banner Churchill Community Hospital tells News 4 the injured person was transferred to the UC-Davis Burn Center.

Plant Manager Ron Bell tells News 4 everything is under investigation at this time and it is unknown what initially caused the explosion. It is also unclear exactly what exploded. Deputies tell News 4 the explosion happened when workers tried to thaw a frozen pipe using a weed burner.

Sheriff Ben Trotter said initially after the explosion two people were missing, but crews say all people are now accounted for at this time. Careflight helicopters were sent to help transport any injured workers. NAS Fallon also sent crews to the area to help with the emergency.

The plant is about four miles northwest of the Lahontan Reservoir and employs up to 40 people.

On December 10th, 2012 OSHA issued six violations at the plant. One included a violation regarding energy control procedures saying there was a violation in requirements that, "Procedures shall be developed, documented and utilized for the control of potentially hazardous energy when employees are engaged in the activities covered by this section." It is not immediately clear what the exact violation was in that case. News 4 has left messages with OSHA to get the exact nature of the violation which OSHA considered to be "serious" in nature.

Other violations issued on that day were relating to "Maintenance, safeguards, and operational features for exit routes", also powered industrial truck operator's performances were not conducted at least once every three years as required, along with issues regarding "wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use" and two violations were cited for issues with guarding floor and wall openings and holes.

On November 8th, 2011 OSHA issued a violation at the plant regarding, "Specific procedural steps for shutting down, isolating, blocking and securing machines or equipment to control hazardous energy". OSHA labeled that violation as serious.


Bango Refining, the owner and operator of a processing facility located near Fallon, Nevada, reports that around 9:15 am this morning the facility experienced a rupture in one of its product tanks. The plant was operating normally at the time the incident occurred. A small fire that resulted from the ruptured tank was quickly extinquished. Although the full details are not known at this time, one employee was injured and has been evacuated to the hospital and all other employees are safe and accounted for. No material escaped the facility that would be considered dangerous to the surrounding environs or local residents. All operations at the plant have been suspended pending a full investigation of the matter. Bango Refining has dispatched a response and investigation team that will be on-site this evening. Dave Peel, chief operating officer, said, "We are grateful for the first responders who airlifted the injured employee to the hospital and to those whose efforts put out the fire. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our employee's family and every effort will be made to assure them that he receives the care he deserves." This release will be updated as soon as more facts regarding the incident are known.
Plant description from company website:

True used oil re-refining and a true "green facility" is what Bango Refining is all about.

Using modern state-of-the-art technology, new automated processing equipment and a team of highly qualified personnel, the Bango Refining plant located on 30 acres in Churchill County, Nevada can re-refine up to 58,600 gallons per day of used lubricating oil back into high quality Group II plus base oils. No waste products are produced by the Bango Refining re-refining process because the fuel found in the used oil is extracted and used as the heat energy to run the plant. The water found in the used oil is also extracted, treated and used by the plant process for cooling and wash water. Any remaining water is used for landscape irrigation and dust control for Churchill County. Lastly, the spent additives and sludge found in the used oil is extracted and recycled back into asphalt oil to be used for our roads and highways. All of the raw and finish products into and out of the Bango Refining facility is transported by either rail car or tanker trucks.