Family of late engineer claims he died because of work done at NASA

By David Yates | May 6, 2015

The family of a deceased engineer is suing Lockheed Martin and Jacobs Engineering, alleging the man’s former employers failed to provide him with the proper safety equipment during his work for NASA.

Representing the estate of Timothy Elsey, Michelle Elsey filed the suit May 5 in Galveston County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Timothy worked as an engineer for 30 years before his death in 2013. From 1999 on, he was employed by Lockheed and Jacobs, working as a sound engineer, building structures at the NASA facility in Clear Lake.

Timothy built at least two big MDF/plywood structures called Anechoic chambers. His work earned him a “Silver Snoopy” award.

However, during the construction of the chambers, Timothy was exposed to carcinogenic compounds, such as urea formaldehyde, silica and wood dust, which resulted in his leukemia, the suit alleges.

The suit accuses the defendant companies of knowing the materials were dangerous but failing to provide Timothy with the proper safety equipment.

The plaintiffs allege the companies acted with malice, entitling them to punitive and exemplary damages.

They are represented by attorney Bradley Leger of the Houston law firm Leger Adkins.

Case No. 15-CV-0453

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