GALVESTON – Claiming his thumb was severed while building a patio roof, Houston resident Guillermo Suarez has filed suit against his employer.

Suarez alleges that the guard arm on a circular saw he was using did not close, according to a lawsuit filed Feb. 28 in Galveston County District Court against Jeff McDonald of League City and Jeff McDonald Construction.

The plaintiff was assigned to a residence in Galveston at the time of the alleged incident.

According to the original petition, Suarez was assigned to work on a residence in Galveston. His complaint alleges that the saw had a pencil stuffed into the guard to keep it from closing. Suarez adds that a picnic table was used for cutting rather than proper saw horses.

"While making the cut, the guard did not close and the plaintiff cut his thumb off," the suit says.

It argues that the defendants failed to proper train the complainant and even tampered with the safety equipment.

Consequently, Suarez seeks unspecified monetary damages.

He is represented by attorney Stephen T. Liss of Houston.

Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-0349

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