Worker claims employer removed safety guard from saw, sues for personal injury

David Yates Apr. 7, 2008, 5:47am

Back in 2006, Kevin Broussard sliced his thumb open while using a saw supplied by his employer, T-N-T Builders. Presently, Broussard claims the company negligently furnished him with the guardless saw and has filed suit.

His suit was filed in the Jefferson County District Court on April 3. T-N-T Builders is owned by Terry Turner and Laura Johnson.

According to the plaintiff's petition, on Dec. 18, 2006, Broussard was doing a job for T-N-T Builders when he "seriously injured his thumb while utilizing a saw furnished by his employer in which the safety guard had been removed."

The suit does not state what kind of saw Broussard was using, or where he was using the piece of equipment.

The suit only says the defendants were negligent for failing to provide Broussard with a safe work place by supplying him with a guardless saw.

The suit also says the defendants did not subscribe to worker's compensation, which deprives the defendants "of its common law defenses such as contributory negligence, assumption of risk and the fellow servant doctrine."

Broussard is suing for past and future pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, impairment and medical expenses.

He is represented by Brandon Monk, attorney for the McPherson, Monk, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley & Steele law firm.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A181-547

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