Truck driver sues after fork lift operator drops machine

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 6, 2011, 2:45am

TYLER - A Southeastern Freight Lines truck driver has filed a lawsuit against the employer of a fork lift driver whose actions let a welding machine fall from a fork lift and pin the truck driver against his truck.

Danny C. Craig filed suit against American Equipment Co. Inc., doing business as AMECO on Nov. 30 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

On April 5, 2011, while Craig was employed as a truck driver for Southeastern Freight Lines, he entered the defendant's facility to deliver four welding machines. According to the suit, one of AMECO's employees was using a "SkyTrak" fork lift to unload one of the welding machines, when the machine fell sideways and pinned Craig to the wall of the trailer. He suffered severe injuries to his left leg during the incident.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to use ordinary care in hiring, training and supervising its employees in the securing, lifting and transport of equipment such as the welding machine in question.

Craig is seeking damages for physical pain, mental anguish, loss of earnings or earning capacity, disfigurement, physical impairment, mental impairment, health care expenses and expenses for rehabilitative services, interest and court costs.

Craig is represented by Michael Ace and Randell C. Roberts of Roberts & Roberts in Tyler.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:11-cv-00640

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