A Kone Elevator employee has filed a personal injury suit claiming that he was injured by falling ceiling materials while working inside an elevator shaft at an Edwardsville, Illinois job site.

John Oldham filed suit against project manager Tindall Construction Co. and subcontractors Hoelscher Interiors and Ceiling Tile Services on July 29 in the Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois over an incident which occurred on August 10, 2006 at Columbus Elementary School in Edwardsville.


In the suit, Oldham alleges negligence on the part of the defendants for their failure to place construction nets over the elevator shaft he was working inside of and were in violation of OSHA standards.


The complaint says that Oldham was owed a duty by the defendants to prevent unsafe work practices which could potentially pose harm to him due to it being foreseeable that subcontractors could spill or drop building materials on other workers.

Oldham claims that he received lacerations to both hands, wrists, and forearms in addition to his neck and back. He claims to have incurred about $10,000 in medical bills and $2,500 in lost wages in addition to possible future medical expenses and lost wages. He seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

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