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Worker alleges energy company negligence led to 40-foot fall


By Carrie Bradon | May 14, 2019

HOUSTON — A Harris County man is suing an energy company, alleging the defendant's negligence caused him to fall 40 feet from a transmission pole.

Garrett Wilder filed a complaint May 6 in Harris County District Court against Centerpoint Energy Houston Electric LLC, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on March 15 in Tomball, Wilder was asked to climb a 100-foot pole to install bolts. At 40 feet up, the suit says, one of the handholds to which Wilder was tied to completely deteached from the pole and the plaintiff fell 40 feet to the ground The lawsuit alleges Wilder's heart stopped and his breathing stopped. He had to be resuscitated with CPR and was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.

The plaintiff alleges Centerpoint Energy failed to maintain a safe working premises and failed to correct a dangerous condition with the handholds.

Wilder seeks trail by jury, damages in excess of $1 million, court costs, interest and all other equitable relief. He is represented by attorneys Matthew C. Matheny and Bryan O. Blevins of Provist Umphrey Law Firm LLP in Beaumont.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-31428

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