On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, a contractor was fatally injured at the Exxon Mobil plant in Beaumont, Texas. Emergency officials were called to the plant around 12:30 a.m. The refinery, chemicals plant, and lube plant are located on approximately 2,400 acres near downtown Beaumont. The refinery processes approximately 365,000 barrels of crude oil per day and produces 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline annually and employs approximately 2,000 people and more than 1,000 contractors.
The name of the contractor has not yet been released. While the incident is still under investigation, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said that contract workers were changing an exchanger on an elevated platform when a section of pipe broke off and fell on one of the workers.
Exxon Mobil has released the following statement regarding the incident:
“We regret that a contractor was fatally injured in an incident at a unit under maintenance at the Beaumont refinery. We have notified the appropriate authorities and are working to investigate the cause of the incident. We are greatly saddened by this and express our deepest sympathy to his family and his co-workers.”
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