Another ExxonMobil contract worker has been seriously injured while employed on an ongoing expansion at the Beaumont facility. The man in question was allegedly harnessed at an elevation of 40 feet when he fell 10-15 feet onto scaffolding beneath him. The worker was transported to a hospital just before 6 P.M., where he was found to have sustained a serious leg injury.
This is the second contract worker to have been injured while working on the new polyethylene expansions at the Beaumont facility. On December 1, a contract worker was killed when a pipe fell from the ceiling and struck her on the head. This incident is currently being investigated by Engineering Partners International, who found that the pipe’s rigging created “unsafe and hazardous conditions at the refinery.” The engineer stated that the pipe was placed in such a way that it was prone to cause “swing or rotate.” Based on these investigations and the initial incident, the family of the worker has filed suit on behalf of the deceased.
The ExxonMobil Plant in Beaumont was also the home of a workplace fire that started on November 28. The fire was reportedly caused by an open valve at the oil refinery. While the fire was extinguished within the hour, the incident sparked investigators to question the safety of the ongoing operations of ExxonMobil in the Beaumont area. With a fatality three days later and another reportable injury within the next five weeks, it is needless to say that ExxonMobil has had safety issues in the recent past.