Parents of woman killed at ExxonMobil refinery file wrongful death lawsuit

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A contract worker’s parents is suing ExxonMobil after she died from being struck in the head by a piece of piping according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Yesenia Espinoza, 31, of Baytown was working for the company Echo Maintenance at the refinery when she was killed on December 1.

According to the lawsuit ExxonMobil, Bechtel and Echo Maintenance are accused of negligence and blamed for causing Espinoza’s death. 

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The lawsuit states ExxonMobil and Bechtel had knowledge of “hazardous conditions of instrumentalities” at the refinery and failed to report them to its contractors or employees working near the instrumentalities. 

Echo maintenance is accused of “instructing workers to perform activities at a location known to be unsafe.”

Since her death, the community has rallied around Espinoza. A Gofundme account set up by her niece has raised over $18,000 dollars.

Espinoza’s family is asking for compensation for the medical, burial, funeral expenses and damages which total more than $1 million.

A spokesperson with ExxonMobil and Bechtel said they are investigating the incident but will not comment on pending litigation.

12news reached out to OSHA but did not receive a call back.

A temporary restraining order was signed by Judge Donald Floyd on Tuesday that prevents the companies from damaging, modifying altering, selling or disposing parts of the facility involved in eh death of Espinoza. 

The TRO will be in place until Dec. 13 and the Judge will hold a hearing to decide if they will extend the order with a temporary injunction.