John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 26, 2013, 4:03pm

GALVESTON - A local seaman has filed suit against his employer after reportedly getting hit by a piece of equipment while performing his job.

David Hall is suing G & H Towing Co. in Galveston County District Court, having initiated legal action on July 23. He seeks $5.5 million.

Hall is employed as a mechanic assigned to the entire fleet of G & H's vessels.

The lawsuit states that he was using an oxyacetylene torch to repair a pier at the time of the events on June 12.

"As he began to light the torch, the oxygen hose blew off the torch handle and struck the plaintiff on his left testicle," the original petition says.

Hall adds he suffered additional injuries to other parts of his body.

He blames the respondent for failing to maintain a safe workplace, failing to properly maintain its equipment and failing to safely operate.

Consequently, he seeks $5.5 million in damages as well as a jury trial.

Attorney Anthony G. Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston is representing the complainant.

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

Case No. 13-CV-950

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