Roofer files suit over work-place accident

Ann Knef May 22, 2006, 8:49am

A worker who suffered a foot injury when a piece of plywood fell from the roof of a home under construction, is suing the project's general contractor and sub contractor.

Ray Allen Toombs, a roofer employed by Brown Brothers Roofing, claims Brase Enterprises was negligent for permitting material to be dropped from a height on a construction project without precautions in place.

"Brase was in control of all work being performed on the home in that it directed and controlled the actions of its subcontractors and had the authority to alter and stop the work of sub-contractors," the complaint states.

The accident took place at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, 2004, at 2001 Kensington in St. Jacobs.

An employee of subcontractor Maranatha Masonry allegedly dropped the plywood onto Toombs' foot.

According to the suit, Maranatha is negligent for dropping material "from a height on a construction project without issuing a warning to others that the material was about to be dropped."

Toombs claims he has suffered great pain and disability, mental anguish and has incurred great expenses.

Represented by William P. Gavin of Belleville, Toombs is seeking in excess of $100,000.

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