GALVESTON – A Texas man demands more than $2 million from his employer after an on-the-job accident resulted in him losing a couple of fingers, according to a lawsuit filed in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas on Oct. 13.
In the five-page complaint, John Fernandez says he was working as a millwright for Archer Daniels Midland Co. at 3100 Wharf St. in Galveston last Aug. 1 when the defendant tasked him and a crew to move grain from the rail to a tank.
“The crane, the standard equipment used to complete the task, was inoperable and the crew was instructed to use an air drive cable wench called a ‘tugger’ to re-install 1,000 plus pound weights to a trolley and pulley system to move the product,” court papers say.
Fernandez adds that he was located on the second floor at the time the weight was being hoisted upwards.
“On the way up, the weight pinned Fernandez’s hand to the wall, and Fernandez was caught in a pinch point,” the suit says.
The subject event purportedly caused the plaintiff to undergo surgical removal of two of his fingers.
A jury trial is requested.
Attorney Tony Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston serves as Fernandez’s lead counsel.
Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 3:17-CV-0309