Faulty chipping gun results in suit against ExxonMobil

David Yates Sep. 14, 2011, 7:25am

Harris County resident Eagan Chessar has filed suit against ExxonMobil and two other companies for injuries he received while operating a chipping gun.

The suit was filed Sept. 6 in Jefferson County District Court and also names Advantage Labor Source and Adhesive Services Co. as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, on Oct. 8, 2010, Chessar was working for Advantage Labor at the ExxonMobil plant in Beaumont. He was tearing down a concrete foundation when an Adhesive Services employee took his chipping gun to replace a spring.

"When the gun was returned to plaintiff he began working again when his chipping gun broke," the suit states. "The entire bottom piece of the gun crushed plaintiff's hand and knocked him off the seat from which he was working, causing him to land on his back."

The suit alleges ExxonMobil and Advantage Labor negligently failed to provide Chessar with a safe workplace. The suit also faults Adhesive for negligently hiring the employee who repaired the gun.

On top of punitive damages, the plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Houston attorney Orville Dunk represents him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A190-854

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