Safety gloves did not prevent glass from cutting worker's hand, suit says

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Mar. 4, 2013, 5:54pm

HOUSTON - After a large piece of glass tore into a glove he was wearing and cut his hand, Anthony Lopez has filed a lawsuit. 

Lopez sued the glove's manufacturer, Glove Coaters Inc., in Harris County District Court last month. The Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas received the litigation on Feb. 25.

Court papers show Lopez was working on a glass-cutting project at Craftsman Fabricated Glass in Houston at the time of the incident in question on July 3, 2012.

He was on the receiving end of the glass-cutting machine, and it was his and others' responsibility to take the cut glass.

"As the glass was ejected from the cutting mechanism, it collided with Anthony Lopez's cut-resistant glass-handling glove," the original petition says.

"The ejected glass cut through the glove and into Anthony Lopez's hand, resulting in severe personal injuries and serious bodily impairment."

According to the suit, the defendant misrepresented what seemed to be "a defectively designed and manufactured and fraudulently marketed safety glove."

It insists Lopez "was unaware of any defects in the gloves or of any danger."

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Andrew W. Dunlap with Fibich, Hampton, Leebron, Briggs & Josephson in Houston is representing Lopez.

Case No. 4:13-CV-448

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