Suit against Marathon Oil says lack of proper equipment led to injuries

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | May 21, 2011

GALVESTON � Randy Harrod has filed suit against Marathon Oil Corp. over injuries he describes as "life-threatening."

A lawsuit filed May 12 in Galveston County District Court says a lack of equipment suited for heavy lifting caused Harrod to hurt himself on Sept. 28, 2009.

According to court papers, the defendant ordered the complainant to lift some items.

Harrod says Roy Vaughn, the project supervisor, asked for proper equipment to complete the job, but did not receive any.

"His requests were ignored and the plaintiff pulled the tendons in his arm, causing him severe damage as he was asked to pick up heavy items without the proper equipment," the original petition says.

"The defendants' failure to provide the plaintiff with the proper equipment amounts to negligence which caused the plaintiff to sustain serious bodily injury."

The suit further explains that Harrod's reported injuries required immediate medical attention and subsequent, extensive care. The plaintiff adds he experienced disability and mental anguish.

Marathon and Vaughn are blamed for negligence in the operation and inspection of the facility in question. The company is also faulted for hiring and not properly training Vaughn.

Consequently, Harrod seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Smith & Hassler is representing the complainant, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-0776

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