ConocoPhillips denies liability in a man’s lawsuit
claiming he was injured after being exposed to chemicals while drilling holes
on separation tanks.
Ryan Woods filed his May 22 lawsuit against
ConocoPhillips Co., claiming he was on the defendant’s property while working
for Graver Tank Co. on Feb. 2.
According to the lawsuit, Woods was “drilling holes
for lifting lugs on separation tanks, when, while drilling through a lap joint,
liquid began coming from the tank, exposing [Woods] to chemicals and causing
The plaintiff accuses the defendant of failing to
maintain its premises in a safe condition; inspect the tank for hazardous
substances before allowing Woods to drill into it, provide a safe place for him
to work on the tanks, inspect the tanks before Woods began his work and warn
the plaintiff of an unsafe condition. ConocoPhillips is also accused of allowing
the tanks to become “unsafe, defective and/or dangerous,” the suit states.
ConocoPhillips denied the allegations in its July 29
answer to the complaint. In its affirmative defenses, the defendant claims the
plaintiff contributed to his own alleged injuries by “failing to conduct
himself in a reasonably prudent and safe manner while conducting the activities
of his employment.”
The defendant also accuses Woods of failing to
mitigate damages by returning to work or seeking other employment “as soon as
Woods seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.
He is represented by Thomas C. Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michele M. Rich in
Barry S. Noeltner and Gregory C. Flatt of Heyl Royster
Voelker & Allen in Edwardsville represents the defendant.
County Circuit Court case number 15-L-659