Lawyers from Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis, & Miles have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of owners or lessees of vehicles equipped with an aerial device or aerial work platform manufactured by Terex Corporation. The complaint, filed on behalf of Plaintiff Ace Tree Surgery, Inc., alleges the aerial platform – often mounted onto vehicles such as a commercial truck chassis and sometimes referred to as a “cherry picker” or “bucket truck” – is defectively designed.
A particular brand and model line of Terex Hi-Ranger XT Series dos not meet the standard for aerial devices, which could result in catastrophic failure resulting in serious injury or death to users and bystanders resulting from falls and impact with equipment. Terex was aware its product did not meet the required safety minimums but falsely claimed the product met all standards and sold the product as such. The Plaintiff and class members have suffered economic losses as a result. Dee Miles, who heads the firm’s Consumer Fraud and Commercial Litigation Section, said there is no excuse for compromising safety. He says this class action seeks to ensure that those using these bucket trucks are using a safe product.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) dictates that vehicle mounted elevating and rotating work platforms meet a structural design requirement that design stress is not more than 50 percent of the minimum yield strength of the steel, or a “two to one” / “2:1” safety factor. The minimum yield strength is the amount of force that must be applied to permanently deform the steel. If the platform does not meet this requirement, the steel may deform and fail, leading to worker and equipment falls with catastrophic results.
The Plaintiff, individually and on behalf of other members of the Class, seeks economic damages for replacement of the Hi-Ranger XT, damage to vehicles on which the Hi-Ranger XT is mounted, and injunctive relief. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Counsel for the Proposed Class are Dee Miles, Archie Grubb and Andrew Brashier from our firm; Kathleen L. Nastri with the Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider firm, in Bridgeport, Conn.; and Adam J. Levitt and Edmund S. Aronowitz of Grant & Eisenhofer, a firm in Chicago, Ill.
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