Foreman alleges negligence led to 200-pound plate falling on his thumb

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 12, 2019

HOUSTON — A land rig foreman is suing a Houston company, alleging a 200-pound plate was dropped on his thumb.

Epigmenio Valadez filed a complaint April 10 in Harris County District Court against Technipfmc Umbilicals Inc., alleging negligence and liability.

According to the complaint, on June 14, 2018, Valadez was working as a foreman on a land rig in Midland, Texas for his employer, Express Engergy Services. The suit says Valadez was injured when the defendant negligently dropped a 200-pound plate on the plaintiff's left thumb, resulting in permanent injuries, physical impairment and medical expenses.

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to provide a safe work environment, failed to provide adequate safety guards and failed to inspect the equipment.

Valadez seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million, trial by jury, interest and all other equitable relief. He is represented by attorneys Stephen P. Carrigan and David M. Anderson of Carrigan & Anderson PLLC in Houston and by Juan P. Reyna of Law Office of Juan P. Reyna in Corpus Christi.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-25760

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