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Delek releases statement on Jim Hammett's death

Delek Refining has released a statement Friday, saying they're working closely with OSHA to investigate the cause of an explosion that injured several workers two weeks ago.

Just yesterday, a second worker who was hurt in that explosion died. The daughter of Jim Hammett, 52, told us Thursday that her father had died at a Dallas hospital. He had remained in critical condition there since the blast, suffering burns on more than 40% of his body.

Today, Delek Refining's manager, Frank Simmons, released a statement to the press:

"We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of a second member of our refinery family.  Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers remain with his family.  We will continue to assist them during this extremely difficult period, and we ask that the media and others respect the family's privacy."

"We are working closely with OSHA to fully investigate the cause and origin of this accident.  As before, our top priority remains to ensure the safety of our staff and contractors."

Danny Thomas, a spokesperson for the United Steel Worker's local 4202, also released a statement which read:

"In addition to working with OSHA and other agencies, an internal incident investigation is underway which includes team members from Delek's management and union representatives.  We are all focused on understanding what caused the event."

"At the same time, we are also grieving over the loss of our friends and co-workers. These men are family to us, too. They spent almost a third of their lives over the past several years working side by side with us. Their families are in our prayers."

Jim Hammett's family has told us that they are thinking about legal action against Delek in connection to the explosion. 

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com  

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