Fuel tank driver files lawsuit after being struck on head by pipe

By The Madison County Record | Mar 27, 2014

While working for a propane company, a man was struck on the head with a pipe, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

David R. and Wilma L. Candler filed a lawsuit March 13 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Illinois Oil Marketing Equipment.

In their complaint, the Candlers allege David Candler was working as a fuel tank driver on Aug. 28, 2012, when he attempted to use piping to load fuel into a delivery truck that had been inspected by Illinois Oil.

“The piping suddenly and without warning lowered swiftly and struck David on the head causing him to sustain serious and permanent injuries,” the suit states.

Because of the incident, David R. Candler experienced physical pain, suffering and mental anguish and incurred medical costs, the complaint says. He also claims he lost his ability to work, lost wages and benefits and has been unable to perform his activities.

Wilma Candler, who was married to David R. Candler, claims she lost her husband’s affections, society, companionship and consortium due to the incident.

The Candlers blame Illinois Oil for causing David Candler’s injuries, saying it negligently failed to properly inspect the piping, failed to properly install the piping, failed to properly service the piping, failed to properly maintain the piping, failed to warn of the dangerous condition and failed to protect David Candler.

The Candlers are seeking a judgment of more than $200,000, plus costs. They are being represented by Stephen C. Buser of the Law Office of Stephen C. Buser in Columbia.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 14-L-217.

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