Injured Worker Sues Falcons Stadium General Contractor

July 8, 2016

Holder Construction Group, general contractor of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, is being sued for negligence that led to a construction worker suffering "permanent and continuing" injuries on July 1, 2015.

According to the lawsuit, Sonny Rogers and other workers were directed to move a 42-foot-high metal shoring tower by using a fork lift, rather than properly dismantling the tower as specified by the tower manufacturer. 

The lawsuit points out that the people in charge knew or should have known the shoring tower manufacturer called for dismantling the shoring tower in the reverse method in which it was erected, thereby necessitating dismantling the tower from the top to the bottom. 

Instead, the workers were instructed to move the tower with a forklift. When the tower collapsed, Rogers was struck and pinned beneath the tower, and was severely injured.

The complaint says, "As a direct and proximate result of the negligence and negligence per se of the defendants, (Rogers) will be unable to return to gainful employment, and has therefore incurred past lost wages and will incur lost wages in the future." 

Rogers has more than $4 million in medical bills and expects more medical expenses in the future.

Source: WXIA-TV / 11Alive