Father sues industrial firms alleging gross negligence in son’s death

By Carol Ostrow | May 29, 2015

A Harris County man brought a lawsuit against several Jefferson County businesses for alleged negligence in 2015.

Monty Ryan Garcia of Galveston filed individually and as estate representative for his deceased son, Steven Garcia, against The Modern Group GP Inc., Dragon Products Ltd., Breco Inc., and Personnel Staffing Inc., all of Beaumont and/or Austin, in Jefferson County District Court on May 13, claiming liability in the March 2015 death of his son.

According to the suit, Steven Garcia was employed by Personnel Staffing on March 23 to work on the premises of The Modern Group and/or Dragon Products engaged in building “frac” tanks using sandblasting techniques in a structure designed and sold by Breco.

The filing states that Steven Garcia became entangled in an auger located in the blasting room and incurred severe injuries leading to his death.

The defendants are cited with failure to properly train and supervise the decedent, have safeguards and procedures in place, and utilize safe facility design. The suit alleges that Steven experienced pain and anguish prior to his death. The complaint cites loss of companionship and funeral expenses.

The plaintiff requests actual, consequential and punitive damages up to $3 million; exemplary damages up to $6 million; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney’s fees; expenses and costs.

He is represented by Lennon Wright and James Horwitz of Houston.

Jefferson County District Court Case D-197104

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