Man dies from fall at Valero refinery in Corpus Christi
A 52-year-old San Antonio man died Wednesday after falling from scaffolding at Valero Energy Corp.’s Corpus Christi West refinery.
Heraldo Peña, an investigator for the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s office, said Ezequiel Guzman fell off of scaffolding at the Valero West refinery around 9:42 a.m. on Wednesday.
Peña said while the cause of death has not been determined, the autopsy report noted that Guzman suffered blunt force trauma to his torso. Peña said the results were preliminary until the examiner receives the toxicology report.
Peña confirmed that Guzman’s next of kin have been notified.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which regulates workplace safety, opened an investigation into the incident on Wednesday, said Travis Clark, OSHA’s area director for Corpus Christi. He declined to provide further details due to the ongoing investigation.
Valero spokeswoman Lillian Riojas deferred comment to Guzman’s employer, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, which offers industrial scaffolding, according to the company’s website.
A phone call to Brand was not immediately returned.
San Antonio-based Valero’s Corpus Christi West refinery, along with the company’s Corpus Christi East, can process 370,000 barrels of oil a day. Both refineries had been shut down prior to Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas Gulf Coast on August 25, but the company reported on September 4 that they had resumed pre-hurricane levels of operation.
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