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A Contract Worker Dies in a Struck-By Accident at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Beaumont, Texas

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Goodhue Building, Beaumont, Texas. Notice the ...

Goodhue Building, Beaumont, Texas. Notice the penthouse on top. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday, December 1, 2017, at Exxon’s Beaumont, Texas, refinery, contract worker Yesenia Espinoza, age 31, was fatally injured. The mother of two daughters, ages 6 and 1, was accidentally struck by a 24-inch pipe while working at the Beaumont ExxonMobil Corp refinery. She was on a project to build a SCANfining unit when the pipe allegedly fell and hit her on the head. According to a spokesperson for ExxonMobil, Espinoza was employed by Echo Maintenance LLC, which routinely does construction work for refineries and chemical plants.

Sources say that in May 2016, there was another incident in which a contract worker died at the same Beaumont refinery after being struck by a pipe.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently identified four leading workplace hazards, and struck-by hazards are among them. The other three leading causes of on-the-job fatalities are falls, caught-in or –between hazards, and electrocution. Collectively, all four are the direct causes of 90% of all construction deaths in the U.S. Employers have a responsibility to provide safe workplace environments.

OSHA posted a struck-by online course designed specifically for individuals with safety responsibilities, including:

  • Superintendents
  • Crew Leaders
  • Construction Managers
  • Employers
  • Foreman
  • Construction Workforce

The key benefits and features of the safety course include the following:

  • Understand what employers are required to do to protect workers
  • Know ways to protect yourself from struck-by hazards
  • Contact your employer, safety coordinator, or supervisor with further questions.

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