Refinery worker sues over injury on scaffold

David Yates Mar. 10, 2008, 4:53am

Nearly two years ago, a refinery worker "slammed" his shoulder into a piece of protruding scaffold metal while climbing a ladder. Now, Brett Jackson Sr. has filed suit against Atlantic Scaffolding, claiming the company negligently failed to "safeguard from the dangers of the scaffolding system."

Jackson's suit was filed in the Jefferson County District Court on March 5.

According to the plaintiff's petition, on March 8, 2006, Jackson was working for Neutron at the Exxon-Mobil refinery in Beaumont.

He was climbing a ladder in a ladder well constructed by Atlantic Scaffolding, "when he slammed his right shoulder in a piece that was protruding from a support piece into the ladder well itself," the suit said.

"Such piece was too long and should have not been placed in the area in question by Defendant Atlantic Scaffolding. Such piece should not have been permitted to encroach into the ladder well."

Jackson had to have surgery to repair his shoulder, the suit says.

"Defendant owed a duty Plaintiff, to use ordinary care, including the duty to protect and safeguard Plaintiff from unreasonably dangerous conditions on the scaffolding system," the suit said.

Jackson is suing for past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, impairment, physical pain, mental anguish and disfigurement.

He is represented by attorney Jonathan Juhan.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th Judicial District.

Case No. B181-390

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