Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Esso Fawley oil refinery worker killed

Exxon Fawley Refinery
Image caption All non-essential work at the site has been suspended until further notice

A worker has been killed at the Esso oil refinery near Southampton, the largest refinery in the UK.

The man, a contractor, died during an "incident" at 10:00 BST. First Aid teams at the refinery, at Fawley, were deployed and emergency crews attended.

The man is believed to have been a rigger from Wales.

Police are investigating along with the Health and Safety Executive. Parent company Exxonmobil, which owns the site, has launched an internal inquiry.

All non-essential work at the site has been suspended until further notice.

An Exxonmobil spokesman said: "Our key priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our people and the safe operation of the site.

"Consequently, non-essential work in the area of Fawley where the incident happened has been suspended until further notice.

"Everyone at Fawley is deeply saddened by the death and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."

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