Scaffold worker sues over collapse at Valero Texas City refinery

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 20, 2010, 4:36am

GALVESTON - A Galveston County woman has filed suit against Valero and Brock Services after she reportedly fell from a scaffold at Valero's Texas City refinery.

In a lawsuit filed Oct. 14 in Galveston County District Court, plaintiff Chauncia George claims that on Oct. 14, 2008, a large, multi-pound valve crashed through some scaffolding on which she was standing and knocked her 25 feet to the ground.

Brock Services reportedly designed and erected the scaffold while Valero had actual or constructive knowledge of conditions on its premises that presented an unreasonable risk of harm, but did nothing to eliminate the risk, according to recent court documents.

George was at the Valero refinery to perform maintenance work on the facility's No. 3 Crude Unit for her employer, Modern EPC.

She says the valve struck her in the back and shoulder.

"The valve struck Ms. George with such great force that she was knocked from her station and position," the original petition states.

The plaintiff immediately reported her injuries to her supervisors and was sent for prompt medical attention. She is continuing to receive medical treatment for her injuries, the suit says.

Modern EPC is not a defendant in the case.

Consequently, George seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by attorney Sherry Scott Chandler of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia.

Case No. 10-cv-3962

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