EDWARDSVILLE — A metal worker claims he injured his shoulder when the handrail of a scaffold he was working on swung out, nearly causing him to fall.
Joshua T. Williamson filed a complaint on June 20 in Madison County Circuit Court against Kehrer Brothers Construction Inc. and Contegra Construction Company LLC, alleging Kehrer failed to properly secure a handrail on a new building being constructed.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 26, 2016, he was climbing scaffolding assembled by Kehrer when a handrail swung outward as he grabbed it, nearly causing him to fall from a "significant" height.
The plaintiff was able to prevent the fall by keeping hold of the handrail but allegedly injured his left shoulder while steadying himself.
The plaintiff claims he sustained severe injuries, causing him to suffer great pain of body and mind, disability and medical expenses.
Williamson alleges the defendants failed to properly inspect and discover the defect or the dangerous condition of the scaffolding.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs of this suit and all further relief that the court may deem just and equitable. He is represented by James P. Lemonds, Alan Pirtle and Steven W. Duke of Brown & Crouppen PC in St. Louis.
Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-868