Construction Death at ExxonMobil Texas Refinery

December 5, 2017

The Beaumont Enterprise reports Yesenia Espinoza, a contract worker with Echo Maintenance headquartered in Port Arthur, Texas, was killed Friday while working on ExxonMobil Corp’s refinery in Beaumont, Texas.

Espinoza, 31, was working a project to build a SCANfining unit when she was accidently struck by a 24-inch pipe, according to the report. SCANfining is an ExxonMobile process that removes sulfur from gasoline to comply ultra-low sulfur fuel standards.

Exxon Mobil operations manager Ryan Bucholtz said, "This is a very, very sad day for all of us here. Safety is the most important value for the company."

This is not the first incident of its kind at the refinery. In May 2016, a contract worker was struck in the head by a pipe on a construction project at the Beaumont refinery and died.

Ms. Espinoza leaves behind two daughters, ages 6 and 1.