Worker claims eye injury due to protruding metal on truck

David Yates Apr. 2, 2008, 9:37am

An electrician working at a construction site claims his eye was injured when he walked into a protruding piece of metal on a roofing company truck.

Dannon Ray Bean has filed suit against Crain Roofing Co., claiming an unmarked piece of sharp metal was unnecessarily protruding from a Crain Roofing truck. His suit was filed in the Orange County District Court on March 20.

According to Bean's petition, on Aug. 3, 2007, he was working for Avery Electric as an electrician at a job site on Newton Street in Orange. Crain Roofing was also working at the site.

"As plaintiff was walking to his truck from the house � he had to walk between two Crain Roofing vehicles," the suit said. "A sharp piece of metal was protruding unnecessarily from the back of one of the vehicles.

"This object � was sharp and unmarked and placed at eye level. As plaintiff passed by the truck, the metal gouged him in the eye causing him severe and permanent injury."

In his suit, Bean says he will require medical attention for many years. He is alleging Crain Roofing negligently created a dangerous hazard and had a duty to warn him about the dangerous situation.

Bean is suing for past and future medical expenses, impairment, mental anguish, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

He is represented by attorney Christopher Smith of the Bush Lewis law firm.

The case has been assigned to the 163rd Judicial District.

Case No. B-080110-c

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