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JLG Industries sued by man who alleges cable failure on boom lift caused by incorrect installation


By Carrie Bradon | May 6, 2019

PITTSBURGH – A man is seeking damages from a Bedford telescopic boom lift manufacturer over allegations he was injured when the cables broke on a boom lift while in use.

Kevin Quirke filed a complaint on April 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against JLG Industries Inc. alleging negligence, strict liability and breach of warranty.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident which took place on March 13, 2018, in Ontario, Canada. The suit states that the plaintiff was carefully using and operating a boom lift manufactured by the defendant and was standing on a platform 86 feet above the ground.

The suit states cables on the equipment broke apart, causing a sudden retraction of the boom. The plaintiff alleges he was caused to strike the platform and railings as a result and was severely injured, including a fractured ankle, knee injury and mandible fractures. 

The suit states the plaintiff's employer did not know that the boom lift had an incorrectly installed and assembled cable system, which caused the cables to rub together and to degrade and deteriorate.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by John A. Caputo of John A. Caputo & Associates in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:19-CV-00474

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