Lawsuit says hoist failed, giant sign fell and paralyzed man

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 10, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A Monongahela couple re suing Columbus McKinnon Corp., Yale Industrial Products Inc. and Jack’s Racks, hoist distributors, citing alleged negligence.

Dwayne E. Zenobi and Colleen Zenobi filed a complaint on Nov. 26 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against the defendants, alleging they failed to discover the defect associated with the hoist.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Jan. 13, 2017, Dwayne Zenobi was injured when defendants' hoist failed, causing a sign weighing over 500 pounds to fall onto him. 

He says he sustained severe and permanent injury to the spinal cord, rendering him quadriplegic with permanent paralysis in all of his extremities. He will be wheelchair-bound the rest of his life and will never use his hands again, the suit says. 

Colleen Zenobi was allegedly deprived of her husband's love, comfort and affection. The plaintiffs say the defendants failed to take appropriate steps to recall and stop selling defective and/or dangerous hoists and failed to provide proper and/or adequate warnings.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants in an amount exceeding $50,000, with interest and costs. They are represented by Robert Mongeluzzi, David Kwass and Benjamin Baer of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, PC in Philadelphia.

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Allegheny County Courts of Common Pleas Columbus McKinnon Corporation Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.

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