ConocoPhillips sued for worker's loading dock fall

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 21, 2005

Paul Hauck filed a personal injury suit against ConocoPhillips in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 16, seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for injuries he sustained while loading his truck at the Roxana refinery and OMS loading facility.

Hauck claims that on Dec. 17, 2003, ConocoPhillips carelessly and negligently caused and permitted its premises to become and remain in a dangerous condition for people loading odorized mineral spirits, or OMS, onto tankers or trucks.

According to Hauck, he parked his truck at the OMS facility, exited his truck and began to walk on the loading dock when he fell on a slippery area.

Hauck claims ConocoPhillips failed to: properly clear and remove OMS from a loading dock, warn drivers of dangers or make necessary repairs.

He also claims ConocoPhillips allowed a condition to exist which involved an unreasonable risk of harm to exist on its property.

According to Hauck, he has suffered permanent injuries to his wrist and other parts of his body, which caused him to suffer great pain and mental anguish, lost wages and has been compelled to obligate himself for medical aid and attention.

Hauck is represented by Ben Beyers of Bilbrey and Hylla in Edwardsville.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge George Moran.

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