Refinery worker claims dropped tape measure fractured nose

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 15, 2012, 9:53am


GALVESTON - Harris County resident Santos M. Hernandez has filed suit against Miken Specialties Ltd. and Miken GP LLC over facial injuries he received while working at a Texas City plant.

A lawsuit filed July 10 in Galveston County District Court claims the injury occurred at the BP refinery on July 2, 2010, when an unidentified Miken employee dropped a tape measure on Hernandez.

According to the suit, the plaintiff was working on the ground near a scaffold built and operated by Miken at the time of the event.

"He suffered injuries to his face, including a fractured nose and knocked out teeth," the original petition says.

"The plaintiff began to bleed profusely."

As co-workers came to Hernandez's aid, the suit claims co-workers saw the man who injured him attempting to run down some scaffolding.

The unnamed worker is also a defendant in the case.

Miken is blamed for:

  • Causing the falling of a relatively heavy object from a height that would make such object extremely dangerous;
  • Failing to maintain a safe workplace;
  • Failing to perform work in a safe and prudent manner; and
  • Failing to implement, follow and enforce proper safety procedures.

    Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

    He is represented by attorney Mark W. Collmer with Collmer Law Group in Houston.

    The case has been assigned to Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss.

    Case No. 12-cv-1483

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