Valero

Sandra Conner says she was "negligently" exposed to H-25 gas while working for the Valero Energy Corp. and The Premcor Refining Group, Inc. She claims she suffered bodily injuries and is suing her employers.

Conner filed her original petition with the Jefferson County District Court on June 13. Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd Judicial District, will preside over the case.

H-25 gas is used in industrial turbines.

The largest refiner in North America, Valero has an extensive refining system with a throughput capacity of approximately 3.3 million barrels per day. The company's geographically diverse refining network stretches from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast and West Coast to the Caribbean, the company's Web site said.

According to the suit, Conner "was employed by defendants, and was performing work for defendants in Jefferson County, Texas. On Nov.19, 2005, while plaintiff was performing work for defendants, she was exposed to H25 gas. As a proximate cause of said exposure, plaintiff suffered, and continues to suffer, severe personal injuries."

The suit does not go into detail on how exactly Conner was injured, but the suit does allege that the defendants committed the following specific acts of negligence:
- The defendants were negligent in failing to provide the Plaintiff with a safe place to work;
- The defendants were negligent in failing to coordinate the work so that it would be performed in a safe manner;
- The defendants were negligent in failing to enforce their own safety programs and regulations;
- The defendants were negligent in failing to inspect the worksite to make sure that it was safe;
- The defendants were negligent in failing to properly train their employees;
- The defendants were negligent in failing to remedy the condition on the premises that caused the plaintiffs injuries.
- The defendants were negligent in failing to provide adequate warning signs and/or barriers warning plaintiff of the existence of the unsafe worksite;
- The defendants were negligent in failing to exercise reasonable care to inspect the premises;
- The defendants were negligent in failing to exercise reasonable care in order to discover the dangerous conditions that existed;
- The defendants were negligent in failing to properly maintain its premises;
- And the defendants were negligent in failing to remedy the dangerous condition that existed.

"Conner suffered serious personal injuries to her body generally as a direct and proximate result of the defendants' negligence," the suit said. "She sues for lost earnings, loss of earning capacity in the future, pain and suffering in the past, pain and suffering in the future, medical expenses in the past, medical expenses that, in reasonable probability, will be incurred in the future as a result of this accident, physical impairment, physical disfigurement, and for loss of ability to enjoy life."

Conner is requesting a trial by jury and is represented by Reaud, Morgan & Quinn attorney John Werner.

Case No. E179-487

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