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Contract Worker Killed in Accident at Exxon Refinery

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

An Exxon Beaumont refinery worker was hit and killed by a pipe.

Details about the Fatal On the Job Accident

Reuters News Agency is reporting that a contract worker was killed after being hit by a piece of pipe while working on a crude oil unit overhaul early Wednesday morning. The accident reportedly happened at the Exxon Mobil Corp’s Beaumont, Texas refinery, according to sources who are familiar with the incident.

Exxon released a statement on Wednesday saying that a contractor was killed at the refinery in an accident that happened at about 12:30 a.m.

Investigators are currently working the scene of the accident, but sources say it appears that the man was fatally injured when he was crushed between two pieces of pipe. Sources indicate that the man was an employee of AltairStrickland, which is a company that specializes in refinery and petrochemical plant overhauls and has offices in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, Texas.

Important Information about On the Job Accidents

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in on-the-job accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2015, there were a total of 35,280 federal inspections conducted by OSHA.
  • There were a total of 4,679 workers who were killed on the job in 2014.
  • Fatal injuries involving contractors accounted for about 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.

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