10/23/2012 (Updated 6:44:26 PM)A Binghamton man is suing a group of local businesses for injuries he suffered at a scrapyard. But the owner of those businesses says he's not at fault and has a government agency to back him up.
According to a complaint, on August 18th Harold Reynolds suffered injuries to his spine, pelvis, and left leg when he was in a car about to be crushed at Ben Weitsman and Son in Binghamton.
The car was lifted 25-30 feet in the air by crane but then dropped when another co-worker realized Reynolds was inside and alerted the crane operator.
Weitsman says Reynolds was in the car when he shouldn't have been and that an OSHA investigation cleared the company of wrongdoing.
Reynolds' lawyer says the company failed to use spotters and properly trained crane operators.
"We know that the standards that should have been met were not met. And therefore whatever OSHA did may have been based on information Weitsman gave them some of which may have been erroneous," said Attorney Ron Benjamin.
"OSHA came in and did a major investigation and made the determination that we had zero fines and that we were not at fault in any of this for any portion of this accident. And that it was employee error, even though it's still tragic," said Adam Weitsman, President of the Upstate Shredding Corporation.
Benjamin wouldn't specify a dollar amount but said his client is seeking significant compensation.
Weitsman says he has no interest in settling the suit before it goes to court.
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