Hayden Wrecking Corporation has been named in a lawsuit filed by an employee who claims he suffered physically harmed a third-party truck driver during a job in August.
Hayden hired B Garcia Trucking drivers to assist in removing materials from a property owned by Hayden. One of the drivers, Shanley Smith, was returning to commence his third hauling and was rolling back the tarp on the Hayden-owned truck using a crank. During this time, a Hayden employee began to dump heavy amounts of material onto the truck, striking the tarp and causing the crank to “violently strike” Smith’s left arm.
As a result of the incident, Smith claims he suffered permanent injuries to his arm and wrist. He and his wife Lee Ann are seeking $50,000 in damages from Hayden.
The complaint states that Smith was provided a faulty truck and he was not given many instructions on how to properly operate the vehicle. Hayden is accused of being “careless” and “negligent” for failing to create a “safe work environment.”
The suit also stated that hauling services are not a usual component of Hayden’s regular business.
Hayden was contacted but was unavailable for comment.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19L582.