Man files lawsuit against chemical company alleging he was not provided with proper safety glasses

Kelly Holleran Aug. 8, 2014, 2:20pm

A man has filed suit against AAA Chemical, alleging he sustained injuries when a chemical solution splashed into his eyes.

Gerald Small filed suit July 28 in the Galveston County District Court against AAA Chemical Inc. 

According to the complaint, Small was seriously injured while he was working with chemicals as part of his employment for AAA on Jan. 22, 2013.

The defendant instructed the plaintiff to load several drums with a dangerous, toxic, poisonous, and/or corrosive mixture of chemicals, the suit states. While doing this task as asked by the defendant, a hose on the chemical loader became detached and sprayed chemicals into the plaintiff’s eyes, mouth and face.

The protective eyewear provided to Small was a pair of dust protection glasses – not proper safety goggles as should have been given to him, according to the complaint. As a result, Small’s eyes directly came into contact with the chemical solution, the complaint says.

Because of the incident, Small claims he suffered physical pain and mental anguish and incurred medical costs. He also lost wages and his wage-earning capacity and experienced scarring and disfigurement, physical impairment and reduced vision, according to the complaint.

AAA Chemical negligently failed to provide Small with adequate training, failed to properly supervise Small, failed to provide him with proper safety equipment, failed to provide him with adequate rules and regulations, failed to conduct reasonable inspections and failed to provide adequate and proper safety goggles, the suit states.

Small is seeking actual damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at a legal rate and other relief the court deems just.

He is being represented by Paul H. Cannon of Simmons & Fletcher of Houston will be representing him.

Galveston County District Court case number 14-CV-0794

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Galveston County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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