Worker injured while moving pump, sues Total Petrochemical

David Yates Oct. 5, 2011, 10:37am

Claiming moving heavy equipment created an unreasonable risk of harm, Beaumont resident Clinton Williams has filed suit against Total Petrochemical for injuries he received while moving a pump.

The suit was filed Sept. 26 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Feb. 18, 2010, Williams, a Phillips Services employee, was operating a vacuum truck at Total's premises to remove wastewater when the drain became clogged.

Williams and a co-worker were instructed by their supervisor to use Total's pump, which weighed approximately 200 pounds. While attempting to move the pump onto an elevated area, Williams injured himself.

The suit does not state how Williams was injured, but does allege that Total should have known that it was unreasonably dangerous to lift heavy equipment without the proper tools and manpower.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Attorney Tom Oxford of the Beaumont law firm Waldman Smallwood represents him.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B190-988

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