KMAC dismissed from injury suit alleging Hydro blaster lance exploded

David Yates Oct. 9, 2013, 2:25pm

KMAC Specialty Services has been dismissed from litigation brought from Reginald Whitfield, who claimed he was injured when the tip of lance exploded while he was hydro blasting a piece of wood. 

As previously reported, Whitfield filed suit against the company on Feb. 19 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging KMAC should not have instructed him to use dirty recycled water.

Court records show Whitfield filed a motion to dismiss KMAC on April 17.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, dismissed KMAC without prejudice on July 15.

According to the lawsuit, on Oct. 10, 2012, Whitfield, a Silva Staffing employee working under the direction of KMAC, was hydro blasting plywood at BASF’s Port Arthur premises.

“While performing his duties, the tip of plaintiff’s lance exploded and caused severe injury to plaintiff,” the suit states.

“Plaintiff alleges that defendant … directed him to use recycled dirty water instead of clean water in the hydroblaster. The use of this recycled dirty water caused the tip of plaintiff’s lance to become clogged and led to the explosion.”

Whitfield asserted KMAC failed to maintain a safer work environment.

He was suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Lance P. Bradley and Craig J. Tahaney II of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele and Chatelain in Port Arthur represent him.

Case No. E193-957

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