DuPont worker steps in hole, sues company

David Yates Oct. 30, 2007, 5:43am

While working at a local DuPont plant, Dariel Jones stepped into a gas-filled hole and suffered second and third degree burns to his right leg and foot.

Jones is suing Dupont North America, Inc. for negligently "failing to adequately warn him of the condition."

Jones' personal injury lawsuit was filed with the Jefferson County District Court on Oct. 25.

According to his petition, on Sept. 11, 2006, Jones was installing a valve on DuPont's premises when he stepped into a hole created by leaks in a condensate line.

"The plaintiff sustained second degree burns to his right leg and third degree burns to his foot," the suit said. "The hole was an unreasonably dangerous condition, which defendant…should have known of, and had a duty to warn the plaintiff."

The suit asserts DuPont and its employees were negligent for failing to remedy the dangerous condition.

Jones is suing for past and future medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish and impairment.

He is represented by Ryan Scott of the Brent Coon & Associates law frim.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E180-590

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