A lawsuit was recently filed alleging Signal International negligently allowed a contracted employee to fall off an improperly constructed scaffold.

Plaintiff Gregoria Paz-Herrera filed the suit against Signal and supervisor Ron Boben on March 3 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to his petition, on July 27 Paz-Herrera, a Southern Sandblasting employee, was working as a painter at Signal's Port Arthur yard when he fell from "improperly constructed scaffolding."

In his suit, Paz-Herrera alleges the defendants negligently failed to provide him with the proper equipment and failed to properly erect and maintain the scaffold.

The suit also alleges the defendants should have known about the dangerous condition and warned him of the hazard.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

McAllen attorney Jeffrey Vaughan of Villalobos & Vaughan represents him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, will preside over the litigation.

Case No. E189-527

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