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Loved Ones Mourn 31-Year-Old Single Mother Tragically Killed in Accident at ExxonMobil Beaumont, Texas Refinery

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The family and friends of a 31-year-old Baytown woman who was tragically killed last Friday in an accident at ExxonMobil’s Beaumont, Texas refinery are struggling to come to terms with her death.

“If she was around you, you wouldn’t forget her,” Yesenia Espinoza’s boyfriend, James Marshall, recently told the Beaumont Enterprise.

Espinoza Worked for Exxon Contractor, Echo Maintenance

Espinoza died on December 1, 2017, after a pipe fell on her head. She was employed as a pipefitter’s assistant by Echo Maintenance, LLC, which was doing construction at the ExxonMobil refinery.

Based in Port Arthur, Echo Maintenance performs maintenance and construction for petrochemical and chemical refineries in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.

Victim of Exxon Accident Leaves Behind Two Little Girls

Espinoza was mother to two little girls, Angelina, 6, and Michelle, who will turn 1 next week.

“She made sure her babies were taken care of,” Marshall said.

Among other things, Marshall noted that Espinoza was “always trying to show the guys up” at work. She was planning to take welding classes.

Espinoza’s funeral was held this morning in Baytown. Her family has established a GoFundMe account to help cover her funeral expenses.

Contractor at ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery Struck and Killed by Falling Pipe in 2016

An official with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confirmed to the Port Arthur News that the agency is investigating Espinoza’s death.

Last Friday’s fatal accident is just the latest deadly incident reported at the Exxon Beaumont refinery. According to the Port Arthur News, a 32-year-old contract worker for AltairStrickland died in May 2016, after he was also struck by a falling pipe.

Four other contract workers suffered serious burns as a result of a flash fire that erupted at the ExxonMobil Beaumont refinery in April 2013. Two of those men later died from their injuries.

Just days before Espinoza’s death, a fire broke out in one of the refinery’s two crude distillation units. Reuters has reported that the unit damaged in the blaze could remain shut down until January.

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