16 Nov Anonymous Plaintiff v. Anonymous Defendant
LAWRENCE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT SETTLEMENT OF $350,000
Anonymous Plaintiff was working as a resin operator handling raw materials including unloading hazardous chemicals at the 3M Plant in Decatur, Alabama. Plaintiff always wore protective equipment including a chemical suit. On the date he was hurt, Plaintiff was helping fill a rail car with a hazardous chemical when the rupture disc at the DMT station approximately 50 feet away blew. Plaintiff, as an operator, had to do a procedure to replace the blown rupture disc. He had to vent off the nitrogen for the maintenance department to replace the disc. Plaintiff shut off the supply of nitrogen, verified the handle was off and when he removed the cap, there was pressure that forced out steam, severely burning Plaintiff even though he was wearing the required protective chemical suit. There should have been only a small amount of residue of nitrogen still inside the hose and no pressure. The cause of the accident was the failure of the supplier to provide the right hose to the Plaintiff’s employer. Subsequently, the steam and nitrogen were allowed to mix and thus forcing steam out. Plaintiff suffered severe scald burns to his abdomen, thighs and groin area. He suffered burns over 18% of his bodily skin surface. The burns were described as partial-thickness burns with blistering. These burns are known to be very painful. The Defendant Company was the hose supplier. The case settled prior to trial.