Man’s injuries at BP Texas City refinery blamed on a faulty crane.
After being struck by a component of a reportedly malfunctioning crane almost two years ago,Tommy Abshire is suing his employer at the time as well as Maxim Crae Works.
According to Mr Abshire,in Oct. 8, 2009, a eye on the crane he was driving tore loose and caused a shackle to hit hit himt on the left side of the head.
The crane used at the time was owned by Maxim crane’s and was operating at BP’s Texas City refinery.
Court papers show Abshire and others attempting to lift the cover of a convection box when the pad eye loosened.
Reportedly malfunctioning and subsequently jerking periodically, the victim cliams the machine was unfit for use.
“Improper rigging, improper lifting techniques, improper crane operation, improper supervision and a faulty and malfunctioning crane, were among other factors which led to the incident. It adds Maxim was responsible for rigging and ensuring a safe lift, but the company and BP personnel failed to test the pad eyes or the rigger in an effort to determine their safety.
Since his accident in 2009, Abshire says he has had neck surgery and continues to have headaches, neck pain, difficulty sleeping and dizziness, summarily stating he was diagnosed with a closed head injury.