An Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery located in Baytown is under fire as workers threaten to strike because of the unsafe work conditions. According to the Houston Chronicle, United Steelworkers is a union that represents 850 workers at the refinery and believes a strike is in order. United Steelworkers has already issued a 60-day notice to Exxon Mobil concerning their intent.
The strike will be called off if the Baytown Exxon Mobil refinery will implement new safety procedures and improve safety education efforts at the location. The oil and gas mogul has already heightened safety at other refineries in the U.S., including at the sites in Louisiana and Beaumont. Yet Exxon Mobil has not honored the union's requests.
In recent weeks, Exxon Mobil has encountered a variety of dangers at their refineries. There was an oil spill in Arkansas that killed wildlife in the area and caused damage to local homes. On April 17th, there was a fire at the Beaumont plant that injured twelve contractors. Three of the workers at the fire were critically burned, and one individual died over the weekend after he was unable to recover. A funeral has been planned for the 24-year-old who was treated at a burn center but was unable to recover from his injuries. Another individual is still in critical condition at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
A union spokesman told the Houston Chronicle that Exxon Mobil often assumes they have better health and safety than other oil companies. Recent accidents at their refineries prove they have much room for improvement. The union says they have a plan that will increase employee involvement, and will provide a process for training and continuous review of safety procedures. As well, the union workers want to utilize a solution to worker fatigue that was already created by the refinery but never applied at the refineries. Exxon Mobil maintains that they are a safe company, but the union has decided to move forward with the strike anyway.
If you were injured at an oil or refinery accident, then you have the right to sue the company responsible in a worker's compensation or personal injury lawsuit. You should make sure to seek compensation so they can hold the company accountable and show the injuries that can occur when proper safety procedures are not followed. After the tragic fire at the Beaumont plant in Texas, Exxon Mobil may start to change their safety tactics in order to prevent further accidents from happening. If you want to seek compensation from an oil refinery then you need to talk to an
industrial injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin today to get representation.