A man has filed a personal injury suit against Central Van & Storage and Lowe’s Home Centers.


According to the suit Phillip C. Johnson filed in West Virginia’s Kanawha Circuit Court on February 10, he was an employee of Central Van & Storage and was assigned to deliver appliances to Lowe’s on May 15, 2008.


Johnson says that the washing machines he was to deliver had been double-stacked inside the delivery truck by Central Van & Storage. The packages indicate that double-stacking the machines should not be done for safety reasons.


According to Johnson, he requested assistance from Lowe’s employees with unloading the double-stacked machines. He said that he specifically warned the employees not to push the dolly with the washing machines forward after it had balanced.


The suit says the Lowe’s employees pushed Johnson into a one-half inch gap between the Central Van & Storage truck and the loading plate, causing the double-stacked washing machines to proceed forward and strike him.


Johnson claims the incident caused him to suffer injuries to his back, neck, head, hands, and wrist.


Johnson alleges that Central Van & Storage’s actions in requiring him to unload double-stacked washing machines constituted as unsafe working conditions.

Johnson seeks compensatory damages.
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