A sheet metal worker is suing after a safety rail on scaffolding gave away and he fell approximately 25 feet.

Christopher G. Landon filed suit against KBR Inc. on Dec. 1 in St. John the Baptist Parish District Court. The case was removed to federal court in New Orleans on Dec. 19.

The alleged incident occurred on Nov. 30, 2010 as Landon was working for A & M Sheet Metal at the Dupont Elastomers plant. He states he was approximately 20 to 25 feet off the ground, on scaffolding, which was built by the defendant, when he fell.

Landon's fall was stopped by his safety gear approximately 6 inches from the ground, the suit claims. During his fall, he struck several objects and suffered injuries.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to properly construct the scaffold being utilized by Landon, failing to provide a safe and hazard-free working environment, failing to follow existing safety regulation and guidelines, and for failing to maintain the scaffolding constructed by it.

Landon is seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages and income, diminished earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, mental pain, anguish, anxiety, interest and court costs.

U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-03109

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