Court orders ExxonMobil to preserve evidence in worker's death

Posted on May 18, 2016

ExxonMobil Refinery Beaumont, photo credit: Guiseppe BarrancoThe family of Miguel Barron has hired us to help them investigate the events surrounding Mr. Barron’s death on May 11, 2016. An employee of Altair Strickland, Mr. Barron was working on a crude unit overhaul at the ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont, Texas, when he was struck by a pipe and suffered fatal crush injuries. 

Mr. Barron is survived by his parents, two brothers, and three daughters. His family is seeking answers to their questions about his death. In order to ensure the whole truth is uncovered, Byron Alfred, the lead attorney on the case, has filed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) with the 60th District Court in Jefferson County, Texas on behalf of the Barron family. This TRO was granted because there is an imminent threat that crucial evidence would be discarded, altered, or destroyed unless the TRO is in place. The TRO states that the “Court restrains Defendants, Altair Strickland LLC, B&G Crane Service, and ExxonMobil Oil Corporation from:

  1. Damaging, modifying, altering, selling, or disposing of in any way the facility or any of its component parts involved in the incident in question;
  2. Removing or transporting any of the component parts of the facility involved in the incident from their present location without leave of this Court;
  3. Damaging, modifying, altering, selling, or disposing of, in any way, any of the tools, machinery, equipment, or clothing used or worn that were involved in the incident in question;
  4. Destroying or tampering with any of the records or documents or other items relating in any way to the facility or its component part.”
Filing a TRO allows the Barron family to ensure that a cover up can’t occur and that the Barrons’ independent experts have an opportunity to fully investigate the accident scene.

In our experience, even though investigations are being conducted by the company and by government agencies, the company is only seeking to protect itself from liability and the government agencies typically don’t produce their reports until it is too late to pursue a lawsuit against the responsible parties. In fact, many companies and government agencies won’t even let you access the scene of the accident unless you’ve obtained a TRO from a judge.

A TRO is the first step in making sure the responsible parties are held accountable for Mr. Barron’s death. Read the TRO and get more information about this case at