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    Default Man Sues Over Exploding Porta-Potty

    Man Sues Over Exploding Porta-Potty
    Posted 6/2/2005 08:20 AM

    The lawsuit alleges Pennsylvania man was injured when methane gas leaked into the toilet and ignited when he lit a cigarette.
    Story by The Associated Press

    A Pennsylvania man injured when a portable toilet exploded is suing a general contractor and a coal company for negligence.

    John Jenkins, 53, and his wife, Ramona Jenkins, of Brave, Pa., filed the lawsuit in Monongalia County Circuit Court in Morgantown on Tuesday. They are suing Chisler Inc., a general contractor from Fairview, and Eastern Associated Coal for $10 million.

    The explosion occurred July 13, 2004, at Parrish Shaft in Blacksville. Jenkins is a North West Fuels Development methane power plant operator. He entered a portable toilet, sat down and tried to light a cigarette. When he struck the lighter, the toilet exploded.

    The lawsuit says the cigarette ignited methane gas leaking from a pipe underneath the unit.

    Eastern Associated Coal owns the property where the explosion occurred. Jenkins alleges Chisler ran over the pipelines with heavy equipment before the incident, causing the methane gas leak.

    Jenkins had severe burns on his face, neck, arms, torso and legs. The lawsuit says he is permanently disfigured.

    (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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    Jenkins had severe burns on his face, neck, arms, torso and legs. The lawsuit says he is permanently disfigured.
    .... while sitting on the john??? me thinks there are burns elsewhere!! ooooooooooooooooooooooooouch!!!!

    I hate to laugh at peoples injuries, but sometimes the circumstances just make it impossible not to. Was the FD dispatched to this one? If so, did the dispatcher complete the assignment without laughing!

    "Engine 1 respond on the reported porta-potty explosion, possible entrapment"

    Once on scene does the OIC declare himself as Porta-potty command???

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    Sh@tty job.
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    Once on scene does the OIC declare himself as Porta-potty command???
    Well... ya know one of the principles of the ICS is to name the task or operation/scene...........
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    According to Mythbusters, this "myth" is busted. Couldn't have happened...
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    Default Re: Man Sues Over Exploding Porta-Potty

    Originally posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
    Man Sues Over Exploding Porta-Potty
    Posted 6/2/2005 08:20 AM

    They are suing Chisler Inc., a general contractor from Fairview, and Eastern Associated Coal for $10 million.
    Sounds like their the ones being chisled.
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    I've been to a Porta Potty fire before....let me tell ya, there ain't much left to save once they get going....burned down to the base by the time we arrived (they're nearly 100% plastic, after all...)
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    That'll feel good when it quits hurting.

    In all seriousness, when we used to have the race in town, we'd have several porta-john fires. We've saved a few (still structuraly sound) but most of them make it to the ground before we can even get there. Nothing like the big ol mess of a block of 12 of them up in flames.

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