ExxonMobil dismissed from refinery worker's suit over chemical burns

David Yates Aug. 6, 2012, 9:23am

In June 2010, Charles Wilson sued ExxonMobil, alleging he should have been warned of a dangerous chemical inside a pipe that caused significant burns to his arm.

On April 17 Wilson filed a motion to dismiss ExxonMobil, court records show.

Six days later, Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, dismissed ExxonMobil with prejudice, giving Wilson the right to re-file the claim.

In his suit, Wilson claims he worked for Miller Environmental Services and, as part of his job duties, was required to clean out a drain line. Before he could begin working on the line, however, Wilson had to obtain a safe work permit.

On April 27, 2009, while working at an ExxonMobil plant, Wilson obtained the required safe work permit, which the ExxonMobil operator filled out to indicate there were no chemical hazards present in the drain line, the suit states.

According to the complaint, when Wilson began his work on the drain line, he stuck his arm into a pipe. Suddenly, his right hand began to burn.

"As it turned out, it was a significant percentage of some sort of caustic chemical in the pipe that caused significant burns to Plaintiff's right forearm from his wrist to his elbow," the suit states.

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

Steven C. Barkley of Beaumont represents him.

Case No. A187-024

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