A man has filed a personal injury suit against an equipment rental company after he allegedly lost four fingers when a chain on a forklift rented from the company crushed his hands.

According to the suit filed by Mark A. Davis against Adobe Equipment Houston on May 13 in Texas’ Jefferson County District Court, Davis, an employee of Parker Lumber, was using a Caterpillar forklift to move wire mats as part of his work in Port Bolivar when the machine’s chain became dislodged.

Davis claims that when he tried to put the chain back into place, the forks moved suddenly and caused his hands to become caught in the chains, injuring his left hand and causing him to lose four fingers on his right hand.

The suit does not specify whether or not Davis turned off the forklift’s engine prior to his repair attempt.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of Adobe Equipment for failure to provide proper maintenance to the forklift, failure to install chain guards on the forklift, and failure to provide adequate training to Davis.

Davis seeks damages for past and future mental anguish, medical costs, pain, and lost wages.
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