Clamp manufacturer ordered to pay injured worker nearly $600,000

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Hall v. Cooper Industries Inc., 2004 CarswellBC 367, 2004 BCSC 188 (B.C. S.C.)

From a part-time labourer when he first joined the company in 1993, Joseph Hall had worked his way into higher skilled jobs at a steel processing plant in Prince George, B.C.

He had been working for about six months as a steel plate cutter when, on July 29, 1997, he was involved in an accident. He claimed damages from Cooper Industries Inc., the manufacturer of a clamp that Hall said failed to function properly and caused a steel plate he had been moving to fall onto his leg. Cooper denied negligence, claiming Hall hadn’t used the clamp properly, his own sloppy work habits that day had caused the accident and contributed to the severity of his injuries, and his employer had failed to instruct staff on the safe operation of the clamp.