Ladder collapse causes injuries, claims suit against Totall Metal

Kelly Holleran May 4, 2012, 7:48am

A man has filed suit against the company where he claims he was working when he fell from a ladder that collapsed.

John Burrow claims he was working for defendant Totall Metal Recycling on April 6, 2011, when he attempted to take a measurement on a platform about 15 feet off the ground. After obtaining the measurements, Burrow tried to climb down the ladder when it buckled and fell to the ground, according to the complaint filed April 25 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of his fall, Burrow sustained multiple injuries and surgical interventions, suffered pain, incurred medical costs and lost wages, the suit states.

Totall Metal Recycling negligently provided Burrow with a ladder in a dangerous condition, failed to inspect the ladder before giving it to Burrow for use, failed to warn Burrow that the ladder was dangerous to use and failed to provide Burrow with a safe workplace, among other negligent acts, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Burrow is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Jason R. Caraway of Kolker Law Offices in Belleville will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-542.

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