Electrician's lawsuit says BP at fault for plaintiff's finger injury

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 6, 2013, 9:21am

GALVESTON - A Baytown man blames BP Products North America Inc. for an apparent finger injury he sustained while working at its then-Texas City facility last year, recent court documents say.

Mario Morales's lawsuit against the petrochemical company, filed Aug. 5 in Galveston County District Court, shows a drill used by the plaintiff to restore power at the refinery malfunctioned only to function again, the device made "to twist around catching Mr. Morales's finger."

The suit explains that the defendant supplied Morales with corded drills "to be plugged into the plant's power source with adapters," adding "the adapters would not stay connected to supply power to the drills so BP personnel instructed the workers to 'use tape' to make them work."

Morales, an electrician employed by Jacobs Industries, says the drill's power "cut off," and when he "loosened his grip on the drill to see what the problem was," the subject event occurred.

He asserts the supposed mishap required him to undergo surgeries on his finger.

Consequently, he seeks up to $1 million as well as a jury trial.

Attorney Daniel F. Crowder of the Crowder Law Firm in Houston is representing the complainant, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 13-CV-1006

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