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Employee alleges Watco negligence caused arm to get caught in conveyor belt


By Carrie Bradon | Jul 8, 2019

HOUSTON — A Harris County man is suing a Kansas business, alleging he was injured when his arm became caught in a conveyor belt.

Alex Jimenez filed a complaint July 3 in Harris County District Court against Watco Companies LLC of Pittsburg, Kansas, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Jimenez was working on a conveyer belt at the Watco plant at Sam Houston Parkway in Houston in February. It had rained earlier in the day, the suit alleges, and due to a leak in the roof, water had fallen into the facility. The plaintiff says he slipped and fell due to water that had accumulated in the warehouse.

The lawsuit states Jimenez fell, catching his right hand in the conveyor belt and causing his arm to be crushed and mangled. The plaintiff says he sustained pain, suffering and mental anguish and is currently unable to use his right arm.

Jimenez seeks relief of more than $1 million, trial by jury, interest and all other just relief. He is represented by attorney Cesar Tavares of Williams Hart Boundas Easterby LLP in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-45451

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