Montgomery County resident Jose Garza Jr. has filed suit against Rowan Drilling Co., alleging his fingers were crushed and severed by a crane operator.

The suit was filed Aug. 3 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 8, 2011, Garza was working for Baker Hughes on Rowan's rig in Sabine Pass. He was installing lifting pins on a cement unit when a crane operator unexpectedly moved the crane and cement unit, pinning his hand between the cement unit and ground.

Garza's fingers were crushed and severed, the suit states.

The suit alleges the defendant negligently failed to qualify its employees to operate the crane and train and supervise its employees.

Garza further contends the defendant failed to protect him and provide proper safety equipment.

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

He is also asking that all evidence related to the case be preserved.

Houston attorney Timonty Hightower of Hightower, Russo & Capellan represents him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A192-774

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