Security guard sues after boiler explosion at Valero refinery

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 9, 2010, 9:15am

GALVESTON - A Galveston County man has filed a $75,000 lawsuit against Valero, Halgo Power and Babcock & Wilcox over injuries he reportedly sustained during a boiler explosion in early December.

Kasey Hill worked as a patrol guard for Allied Barton Security Services and was assigned to watch the premises of Valero's Texas City plant the evening of Dec. 4, 2009, when a large steam boiler exploded, the original complaint says.

The suit was filed June 7 in Galveston County Court No. 1.

"Based upon information and belief, the boiler was designed by Babcock and was manufactured and installed by Halgo," court papers state.

Hill insists that he "suffered serious, disabling, and permanent injuries to his body generally, as well as mental, emotional, and psychological injuries."

In addition to monetary damages, a jury trial is demanded.

Spagnoletti & Co. are representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County Court No. 1 Judge Mary Nell Crapitto is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 63,063

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