Injured worker says store made him hang signs in inclement weather

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Sep 2, 2013

GALVESTON - A Harris County man claims his employers made him use a ladder during inclement weather, alleging he fell and hurt his arm, recent court documents say.

Mir Asadullah Sipra is suing Ocean Petroleum Inc. and proprietor Mehboob Ali Mohammed.

The lawsuit, filed Aug. 29 in Galveston County District Court, shows that on Dec. 28, 2012, the defendants instructed Sipra to hang banners and signs in front of the outside of the League City Shell gas station.

It recalls the area being "slightly wet due to the rain."

According to Sipra, the other manager on shift did not hold the ladder as he was hanging the banners.

"The ladder was unstable and the plaintiff fell from the ladder onto the cement," the original petition says.

Emergency responders were called to the store, and a customer carried the complainant inside the store while they were waiting for the ambulance.

Sipra was then taken to the nearby Clear Lake Regional Hospital.

The incident in question left him with "multiple fractures in his arm requiring surgery," the suit says.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by attorney R. Talmadge Hammock of Hammock Law Firm, PLLC in Houston.

The litigation has been assigned to Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves.

Case No. 13-CV-1137

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