Carol Ostrow Jun. 2, 2015, 12:45pm


An equipment company claims its crane was rendered inoperable after sand got into its hydraulic system following cosmetic sandblasting work.

Waggoner Equipment Rentals field a lawsuit on May 22 in Madison County Circuit Court against Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. and Dakota Sandblast & Paint, alleging breach of contract.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff and defendant entered into a contract on June 6, 2013, whereby Waggoner would pay Ritchie Bros. $8,494.20 for the washing, sandblasting, painting, decaling and detailing of Waggoner's industrial crane.

Waggoner allegedly delivered the crane to the defendant’s Collinsville facility in good working condition. According to the complaint, Ritchie Bros. subcontracted the sandblasting portion of the work to Dakota, then completed the job at its own facility. However, the crane was returned in a poorly functioning state and had sand in its hydraulic system, rendering it inoperable, the suit states.

The plaintiff contends crane repair will cost approximately $200,000 and says it lost $119,000 in income due to the crane’s inoperability, spent an additional $10,000 for storage expenses, $3,000 in trucking and inspection costs and an unspecified amount in replacement equipment rental fees.

Waggoner alleges negligence, breach of contract, and bailment (mutual benefit) between the parties. The plaintiff also accuses both defendants of failing to protect and store the crane safely and prevent acts of vandalism.

Waggoner seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs. The business is represented by attorney Timothy O’Leary of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-670

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