Ladder splintered, claims tank worker in suit against Conoco Phillips

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 16, 2008, 10:54pm

An Omaha, Ill. man filed a personal injury suit against Conoco Phillips in Madison County Circuit Court Jan. 15, alleging he was injured at the company's Wood River refinery on Feb. 16, 2006.

Dale Leach claims Conoco Phillips contracted with his employer to perform work on the property at the Wood River refinery.

Leach claims he was using a ladder supplied by Conoco to perform work on tanks when without warning the ladder splintered and buckled causing him to fall to the ground.

He claims Conoco was negligent by:

  • Failing to maintain the ladder in a safe condition in which it would be suitable for the use that is was intended;

  • Failing to inspect the ladder to make sure it was safe for him to use;

  • Allowing him to use the ladder when it was not safe to use; and

  • Failing to warn or notify him that the ladder was not safe to use.

    According to Leach, he sustained permanent injuries which caused pain and suffering, loss of a normal life, lost wages and medical expenses.

    Kaye Leach, Dale's wife, is also seeking damages alleging her husband's injuries caused her to suffer the loss of consortium.

    Represented by Robert Wilson of Harrisburg, the Leachs are seeking damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

    The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron.

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