Refinery worker struck by crane load sues BP

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Apr. 20, 2010, 9:00am

GALVESTON - A laborer claims a crane hit him last month while he was working at the BP Texas City refinery, recent court documents say.

Cuahtemoc Rodriguez's lawsuit accuses BP Products North America Inc. and Maxim Crane Works LP of failing to take precautions with the crane.

The suit was filed April 12 in Galveston County Court No. 3.
Rodriguez says that on March 27 he was in the midst of his duties when a load of pipes being moved by the crane swung around and struck him.

The plaintiff was trapped under the load and sustained injuries to his legs, knees, back and other parts of his body, the original complaint states.

Rodriguez argues that a BP employee attempted to operate the crane while not sitting down and failed to ensure the straps were removed prior to moving the bundle of pipes.

Consequently, he seeks damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and various losses as well as a jury trial.

Galveston attorney Tony Buzbee is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County Court No. 3 Judge Roy Quintanilla is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 62,648

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