Out-of-control crane allegedly led to worker's injuries

By Carrie Bradon | Dec 1, 2017

GRETNA — A Jefferson Parish construction worker alleges he injured himself when he was forced to jump 12 feet down as the result of a negligent crane operator.

GRETNA — A Jefferson Parish construction worker alleges he injured himself when he was forced to jump 12 feet down as the result of a negligent crane operator. 

Elmer Martinez, also known as Jovan Velasquez, filed a suit on Nov. 14 against Ashley Savarino Unlimited Construction LLC and Anthony Savarino Crane & Rigging Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court alleging negligence.

According to the claim, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place on Nov. 22, 2016. The suit states that the plaintiff was installing a subsurface drainage culvert 12 feet from the ground when the crane jib, boom and the concrete culvert swung toward him without any reason. The plaintiff was forced to jump from the 12-foot surface to save himself from being struck and, as a result, suffered injuries.

The defendants are accused of negligence through failing to warn of danger and failing to take the appropriate measures to ensure that the plaintiff would be kept safe.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Preston L. Hayes in Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

The 24th Judicial District Court case number 777743

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