Magnesium Elektron sued over worker's shock

Kelly Holleran Apr. 7, 2009, 5:30am

A man is alleging he was severely shocked while working for Quality Rail Services.

Gary Sugg filed suit April 2 in Madison County Circuit Court against Magnesium Elektron North American and Cherokee Properties.

In the complaint filed by Sugg's lawyer, John M. English of Kassly, Bone, English and Hillbrand, Sugg says he was working on Magnesium Elektron North America's premises on Dec. 10 when the incident occurred.

According to court records, Sugg walked into an electrical room with transformers that were not supposed to be in use. However, as Suggs walked into the room, a current of electricity passed from the transformer through his body.

Because of the incident, Sugg says he suffered severe and permanent burns and injuries, incurred substantial medical bills and lost money.

Magnesium and Cherokee carelessly failed to provide a safe place for Sugg to work, failed to warn Sugg of the possibility of electrical currents in the transformers, allowed electrical currents to remain and to be stored in the transformers and informed Sugg that the transformers were not energized, according to the complaint.

In the two-count suit, Sugg is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-337.

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