Refinery worker claims gas blast to face was intentional

Kelly Holleran Dec. 15, 2009, 5:45am

A Harris County man has filed suit against his former employer and supervisor, alleging his supervisor vented a flammable gas into his face during training.

According to a personal injury suit filed on Dec. 10 in Jefferson County District Court, plaintiff Mark Kloesel claims he began working for defendant Huntsman Port Neches Performance Products in August 2008.

During a training session at Huntsman on Aug. 14, 2008, Kloesel alleges defendant John Dellan Provost intentionally vented ethylene oxide into Kloesel's face, saying Kloesel needed to know what the gas smelled like.

Because of the incident, Kloesel claims he incurred physical pain, suffering, mental anguish and medical costs and lost his future wage earning capacity.

Kloesel alleges negligence, gross negligence, negligent supervision, assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

He is seeking general, actual and exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to which he may be entitled.

Mark D. Vancleave of the Law Offices of Mark D. Vancleave in Baytown is representing Kloesel.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E185-464.

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