Harris Co. man claims pipe hit him in head at Texas City plant

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jul 8, 2013

GALVESTON - A Harris County man seeks damages after he was purportedly hit in the head with a pipe last month, recent court documents say.

Jonathan Tamez is suing Cajun Constructors Inc., Cajun Industrial Design & Construction LLC and The Dow Chemical Co. in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1.

His lawsuit, filed July 2, alleges the incident in question occurred at Dow's Texas City facility on June 20.

Though the suit does not elaborate on the exact circumstances, it asserts Tamez "severely" injured his head, brain, neck and other parts of his body.

"The defendants were subjectively aware of the extreme risks posed by the conditions which caused the plaintiff's injuries, but did nothing to rectify them," the original petition says.

Tamez faults the respondents for:

  • Failing to supervise their crew;

  • Failing to properly train their employees;

  • Failing to provide adequate safety equipment;

  • Failing to provide safety equipment;

  • Failing to properly secure the pipe; and

  • Failing to follow applicable government safety regulations.

Consequently, the complainant sues for physical pain, mental anguish and "other medical problems."

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Jason A. Itkin of Arnold & Itkin LLP in Houston is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge John Grady is presiding over the litigation.

Cause No. 70,248

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