Bulldozer injury case filed against Dynegy

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 23, 2006, 7:37am

A man injured while working on a bulldozer at the Dynegy Midwest Generation plant in Alton filed a personal injury suit seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

Donald Breitweiser, an employee for Fire Safety, Inc., claims the incident happened on May 11, 2005.

He claims that while attempting to gain access to the engine compartment on the D9 Caterpillar bulldozer, a pin broke, causing the shield to become dislodged which caused him to lose his balance and fall of the bulldozer.

"It was the duty of Dynegy to properly and safely inspect and maintain its equipment, including the bulldozer," the complaint filed Jan. 19 in Madison County Circuit Court states.

Breitweiser claims Dynegy allowed the pin to become rusty, corroded and in a state of disrepair.

According to Breitweiser, the bones, nerves, ligaments, muscles and tendons of his right arm and shoulder were greatly bruised, broken, crushed and displaced.

He also claims he was hindered and prevented from his usual duties and affairs, lost wages and has become liable for medical expenses associated with his injuries.

Breitweiser is represented by Joseph Hoefert of Hoefert and Perica of Alton.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge George Moran.

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