Lawsuit: Worker killed at ExxonMobil construction site was hit in head by 24-inch pipe
The Baytown woman killed last week at an ExxonMobil construction site in Beaumont was hit in the head by a 24-inch pipe, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by her family.
Yesenia Espinoza, 31, was working on new construction when the "piping that was improperly rigged and handled" fatally hit her in the head, the lawsuit states. Her funeral is Thursday in Baytown.
Espinoza's family is suing ExxonMobil, Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals and Echo Maintenance, for which Espinoza was an employee.
The wrongful death lawsuit accuses defendants of failing to properly rig the 2-foot pipe, failing to enact or follow proper safety procedures and failing to correct a known dangerous condition with deadly potential, among other claims.
In the complaint, Espinoza's family alleges gross negligence on the part of ExxonMobil, Bechtel and Echo.
Jefferson County District Judge Donald Floyd signed a temporary order Tuesday prohibiting the companies from altering any possible material evidence, though ExxonMobil officials have said they are working with "the appropriate authorities" to investigate what caused the incident.
This is at least the second lawsuit stemming from a death at an ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont since 2016.
Miguel Barron, 37, was killed at the Beaumont refinery while working with his two brothers on an elevated platform.
The Barron family is also suing ExxonMobil. An attorney for the Barron family tells KFDM/Fox 4 Espinoza's Dec. 1 death "is eerily similar to last year’s fatality."
A trial for the Barron family lawsuit is scheduled for April 16, 2018.
You can read the Espinoza lawsuit in its entirety here.