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Discovery proceeding in injury suit against Safety Star Industrial

By David Yates | Nov 15, 2013

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Discovery is still proceeding in litigation brought by John Sikes, who sued Safety Star Industrial for injuries he allegedly received while repairing a forklift.

As previously reported, the suit was filed Dec. 4 in Jefferson County District Court.

The last filing in the case came Oct. 18, a certificate of discovery showing Sikes served Safety Star with his second set of interrogatories and request for production.

The lawsuit alleges that on July 19, 2012, Sikes was instructed to make repairs to a forklift at Safety Star Industrial’s job site. He claims that he asked to go back to the machine shop and use a lift there to make the repairs, but was denied.

While attempting to make repairs on site, Sikes’ arm and elbow were trapped when the boom lowered and fell. He claims it fell because it was not properly supported by an “A Frame” lift.

The suit accuses Safety Star Industrial of failing to maintain a safe working environment, failing to warn Sikes of the dangers of repairing the forklift onsite and not allowing him to make repairs with the proper support in place.

Sikes is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Clay Dugas represents him.

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

Case No. A193-670

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