Worker pulling joints from ground steps and falls in hole, sues Cimarex Energy

David Yates Aug. 15, 2012, 9:28am


While working at a drill site pulling joints from the ground, Marco Zavala states he stepped in a hole and tripped.

Claiming the hole at the drill site posed an unreasonable risk of harm, Zavala filed suit against Cimarex Energy, Nick Koch Sr., Bryant Havgrave and Brad Sparks on Aug. 13 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Feb. 27, Zavala, a Pioneer Drilling employee, was working at drilling site controlled by the defendants. Zavala and his crew, at the direction of Cimarex Energy, were pulling joints out of the ground.

At the time of the incident, Zavala was guiding a pipe from a catwalk onto a pipe rack when one end of the pipe fell. The vibration of the bouncing pipe caused him to step back into a large hole in the ground.

As a result of the fall, Zavala tore his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and meniscus in his left knee and also injured his back, the suit states.

The suit alleges that the defendants should have warned him of the dangerous condition, failed to properly supervise the worksite and provide a safe workplace.

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

Houston attorney Jeffrey Befort represents him.

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

Case No. E192-858

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