September 30, 2020 — A fuel trucker’s family has filed a lawsuit against Philips 66, claiming he died of cancer after being exposed to benzene on the job.
On September 8, a Texas federal court ruled that an insurance company must cover the Texas-based fuel company Phillips 66 in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a trucker who died of cancer.
The lawsuit was filed by the family of Elwyn Webb, a man who transported gasoline for Calzona Tankways and Coastal Transport from 1985 through 2015. He died in March 2016.
During his 30-year career, he was routinely exposed to benzene by breathing fumes and having skin contact with the gasoline he hauled.
This caused him to develop a cancer of the blood and bone marrow called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), according to the lawsuit. He was diagnosed with cancer in January 2016 and died just two months later.
The lawsuit accuses Philips 66 and other fuel companies of failing to warn Webb about the dangers of benzene in gasoline, give him instructions on how to handle benzene, or minimize his exposure.
The defendants include Coastal Transport, Calzona, Phillips 66, Chevron, Valero, Shell Oil Co., Exxon Mobil and Circle K Terminal.
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