Lashing by hose leads woman to sue ExxonMobil

David Yates Feb. 7, 2013, 1:51pm

After receiving a lashing by an allegedly defective hose, area resident Sylvia Barlow has filed suit against ExxonMobil, claiming the company knew the hose was unsafe to use. 

The suit was filed Jan. 31 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on April 21, Barlow, an employee of Inotek Safety Consultants, was working as a fire watch at ExxonMobil’s Beaumont plant when a hose nozzle -- which was supplied by the company -- broke, causing the hose and nozzle to move violently and strike her lower left leg and back.

“Plaintiff learned after her accident that defendant ExxonMobil knew the nozzle and/or hose was unsafe but failed to advise her prior to the time of her accident,” the lawsuit alleges.

The suit further accuses ExxonMobil of negligently failing to maintain its equipment and properly train and supervise its employees.

On top of exemplary damages and punitive damages, the plaintiff is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment and lost wages.

Houston attorney Michael Pierce of Arnold & Itkin represents her.

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

Case No. B193-876

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