GoFundMe campaign raising funds for injured BP Whiting Refinery workers

The BP Whiting Refinery. A GoFundMe campaign is raising money for four workers injured on the job.

Workers at the BP Whiting Refinery are raising funds online for colleagues injured on the job during an industrial accident that hurt four oil workers on April 28.

A "Workers Helping Workers" campaign on the popular crowdfuding site GoFundMe seeks donations to help with the injured refinery workers' medical bills not covered by insurance and lost income during their recovery. As of Monday morning, 25 people raised more than $2,700 toward a $20,000 goal.

"On April 28th there was an incident at a Power Distribution Center at the BP Whiting Refinery involving four USW Local 7-1 workers. Two of those workers were treated and released, the other two continue to be treated for their injuries," the GoFundMe page said.

"As they continue their treatment and road to recovery, these two individuals and their families will need everyone's assistance during this difficult time."

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BP reported "an incident at a power distribution center" at the former Standard Oil Refinery on Lake Michigan, but has not provided any further details about what happened. Spokesman Michael Abendhoff said the company is still investigating.

Production was not disrupted at the 430,000-barrel-per-day refinery, which supplies most of the Midwest with gasoline and singlehandedly produces 5 percent of the nation's asphalt. The 1,400-acre refinery, which spills into neighboring Hammond and East Chicago, employs more than 1,800 workers, as well as hundreds of union contractors who handle maintenance projects.


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.