Man injured while running from falling crane sues Jacobs Engineering

David Yates Jun. 15, 2011, 5:48am

Silsbee resident Tommy Kelly has filed suit against the Jacobs Engineering Group, alleging he tripped and injured his legs and knees while running from a tipping crane.

The suit was filed June 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Jan. 4 Kelly, a Becon Construction employee, was working at the Motiva refinery when a crane lifting a load began to tip over.

"When it was apparent the crane was going to tip over, plaintiff and others started running for safety down a path of wooden mats," the suit states.

"Plaintiff jumped to the side off the mats and down a distance of two feet. When plaintiff landed, he fell. He got up and could barley walk."

The suit alleges the defendant should have inspected the crane for defects.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, impairment, lost wages and pain, plus all court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Lance Bradley, an attorney for the McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele & Chatelain law firm in Beaumont.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E190-236

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