Refinery worker sues for injury from explosion at neighboring plant

Kelly Holleran Oct. 2, 2008, 5:23am

Ammons Law Firm

A Harris County man has filed suit against two companies and one individual, alleging he was severely injured in a plant explosion.

Anthony Alderete was working at Texas Petrochemicals on June 11 when the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company plant neighboring TPC exploded, according to a complaint filed Sept. 26 in Jefferson District Court.

As a result of the explosion, Alderete has suffered pain, mental anguish, loss of affection, society, guidance, counseling, earnings, earning capacity, consortium and enjoyment of life, the suit states.

Alderete claims the explosion was caused by the negligence of Goodyear and Mike Lockwood because they failed to enact and enforce appropriate safety rules and regulations that would have prevented the incident.

TPC, which was separated from Goodyear by a chain-link fence and railroad track, was also negligent because it failed to maintain a safe workplace, failed to timely notify workers of the explosion and failed to notify workers about the release of dangerous vapors.

Alderete is seeking unspecified actual and exemplary damages, prejudgment and post-judgment interest and any other relief the court deems just.

Robert E. Ammons, John P. Devine, Kay K. Morgan and April A. Strahan of The Ammons Law Firm in Houston will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 58th District Court.

Case No. B182-455.

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