Laborer falls from 'unsafe' ladders, files $1M lawsuit against employer

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 20, 2013, 9:33pm

GALVESTON - After he allegedly injured his back last year while working on a historic Galveston home, local resident Carlos Alfaro is suing his employer for $1 million.

A lawsuit filed May 16 in Galveston County District Court claims Galvez Remodeling Inc. and its proprietor, Victor Galvez, instructed Alfaro to install molding on a dormer at the subject property "under unsafe conditions."

The suit shows the defendants attached two ladders together so the plaintiff could reach the dormer, which is approximately 25 feet from the ground.

According to the original petition, Alfaro ascended the ladders only to fall after they collapsed, subsequently sustaining the injuries which are the focus of the litigation.

He blames the respondents for:

  • Failing to provide him with a safe place to work;

  • Failing to warn him of the purportedly dangerous condition;

  • Negligently performing their own task in connection to his work;

  • Creating and allowing hazards to exist in and about the jobsite;

  • Negligently supervising said jobsite;

  • Failing to exercise job safety responsibilities;

  • Failing to manage, inspect and control the area; and

  • Ordering him to use rigged ladders.

Alfaro adds the respondents did not subscribe to workers compensation insurance.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Michael G. Martinez of Friendswood is representing the complainant, and Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-667

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