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Worker run over by helicopter wheel loses suit
A jury declined to award damages to an aircraft worker whose ankle was run over by a helicopter wheel during its moving. Larry Pruitt was a spotter, walking next to the helicopter as it was towed by a tractor, from one hangar to another. He claimed that the truck driver failed to keep a proper lookout. The defense denied negligence and argued that Pruitt was walking too close to the helicopter. As an experienced spotter, he should have known better, the defense argued.
Pruitt v. L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC
Jury awards worker $158K for fall from ladder and scaffold
A laborer who claimed a fall from a ladder on top of a scaffold caused permanent injury was awarded $158,000. Jose Castro-Sanchez sued Velasquez Painting Co., alleging that he was told to put the ladder on the scaffold; was never trained; and received no safety equipment. He had worked for the company for four years. He sustained a fracture of the left wrist on his non-dominant hand, and underwent open reduction and internal fixation with a plate and screws implanted. He also sued Adoue Construction, which settled before trial for $140,000.
Castro-Sanchez v. Velasquez
Factory worker get $120K for termination
A black factory technician who claimed that his company fired him in retaliation for complaining about race discrimination agreed to a $120,000 settlement. Kenneth Echols worked at Downhole Technology. He told his boss that a co-worker put on a white hood, which was clearly meant to evoke those worn by the Klu Klux Klan. The supervisor reported the incident to the company's human resources director, who investigated the incident and questioned both the co-worker and Echols. The co-worker said he was only joking. Echols was asked to sign a statement that the investigation was adequate and that he had not been harassed on the basis of his race. He refused, and the next day he was fired.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Downhole Technolog LLC
United States District Court, Southern District, Houston
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