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Worker Killed By Falling Pipe at ExxonMobil Plant

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-May-2016

On Wednesday, a little after 12:00 a.m., a tragic accident occurred at the Exxon Mobil plant in Beaumont, Texas. Several contract workers from AltairStrickland—a company that specializes in refinery plan overhauls—were replacing a heat exchanger on an elevated platform at a unit that was under maintenance. These workers were still on the platform when sections of pipe broke off and crashed onto one of the workers.

Initial investigations indicate that the man was likely crushed between two pieces of pipe. Emergency crews arrived at the scene around 12:30 a.m., but he died on the platform before he could be given further treatment or taken to the hospital.

According to one of the contract workers for AltairStrickland, three men were performing rigging on a unit when something suddenly happened. From his perspective, all he remembers is one of the workers being hit in the head by a piece of metal, killing him at the scene. The witness also reported that the contract workers in his group were sent home, but the plant remained opened as other employees continued their duties.

ExxonMobil Speaks Out About Deadly Accident

ExxonMobil had shut the unit down on April 22 for some tune-ups and a revamp. The work was slated to be finished by June 30. The company has provided a statement saying, “We are greatly saddened by this and express our deepest sympathy to his family and co-workers.”

ExxonMobil has also made it clear that they reported the incident to the appropriate authorities and have already begun an investigation into the accident to determine what caused the accident.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has also begun an investigation into the fatal workplace accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to begin their own investigation shortly as well.

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