Asbestos exposure at DuPont blamed for man's death

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 9, 2012, 2:37pm


GALVESTON - The family of the late John B. Fielder has filed suit against a slew of companies in response to his death from lung cancer two years ago, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed July 25 in the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division asserts that El DuPont Nemours and Co., 4520 Corp., Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. and Zurn Industries LLC contributed to Fielder's illness and eventual death on July 28, 2010.

DuPont employed Fielder at its facilities in La Porte as a pipe fitter from 1955 to 1961.

According to the suit, he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers during that time which resulted in his cancer.

The original petition argues DuPont "was aware, or should have been aware, of the dangers associated with exposures to asbestos at the premises where the plaintiffs' decedent worked."

"Nevertheless, defendant DuPont failed to warn employees, invitees and contractors of the dangers associated with occupational exposure to asbestos and required employees, contractors and/or invitees such as the decedent to work with or in proximity to asbestos without the necessary precautions to avoid dangerous exposures," the suit states.

Foster Wheeler, Zurn and 4520 Corp. are faulted for manufacturing, selling, designing, supplying distributing, mining, milling, relabeling, reselling, processing, applying or installing insulation and machinery that was "poisonous and highly harmful."

Consequently, the complainants seek unspecified monetary damages.

They are represented by attorney Ian P. Cloud with Heard Robins Cloud & Black, L.L.P. in Houston.

Case No. 3:12-cv-230

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