September trial slated in suit claiming tool bucket fell on worker’s head

David Yates Apr. 8, 2013, 3:55pm

A September trial has been slated in litigation brought by Jerome Alexander, who sued the Premcor Refining Group claiming a tool bucket fell from on high and landed on his head without warning.

As previously reported, the suit was filed Nov. 4, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court and also names Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services as a defendant.

Court records show that on March 8 an agreed discovery control plan order was entered, slating the case for trial in September 2013.

The mediation deadline is set for June 1.

The lawsuit alleges that on March 3, 2011, Alexander, a K.T. Maintenance employee, was working at the Valero refinery in Port Arthur when a tool bucket fell off a scaffold and struck him in the head.

The suit alleges Brand Energy improperly constructed the scaffold and that Premcor, which owns Valero, negligently failed to warn him of the danger and provide a safe place to work.

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

The Beaumont law Offices of Gilbert T. Adams represents him.

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

Case No. B191-303

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