Kyle Barnett Mar. 2, 2015, 4:08pm


GRETNA – A maintenance worker is suing a number of engineering firms that designed and created a raised platform after he was allegedly injured falling off of it while repairing an air conditioner unit.

Tracy Michael Palazola filed suit against IMC Consulting Engineers Inc., Comfort Engineered Systems Inc., Cali & LaPlace Engineers LLC and Landry Construction in the 24th Judicial District Court on Jan. 6.

Palazola contends that on Jan. 9, 2014 he was employed by Mr. Mudbug and MMI Culinary Services as a maintenance man repairing the HVAC system and was working at a building owned by the his employers located at 131 23rd St. in Kenner. The plaintiff asserts that during the scope of his work he was attempting to descend from a raised platform on the building roof where the air conditioner was located when he fell from the platform to the roof below. Palazola claims that due to the fall he received severe injuries including to his spine, head, brain and other body parts and as a result has had to undergo multiple surgeries and suffers from a variety of health problems including cognitive deficits and migraines.

The defendants are accused of negligently designing and constructing the platform, failing to warn of a hazard, failing to inspect the equipment, failing to properly train personnel, failing to comply with applicable safety regulations, failing to install proper safety equipment, unworkmanlike performance and failing to comply with contracts.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and distress, loss of life’s pleasures, loss of enjoyment, disabilities and physical impairment.

Palazola is represented by Scott W. McQuaig of Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division P Judge Lee V. Faulkner Jr.

Case no. 745-578.

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