A fifty-year-old man sustained a catastrophic brain injury when a pallet of bricks weighing 3000 pounds was dropped into a smokestack where he was working, striking him in the head and knocking him from a platform inside the stack.


At the time of the incident, a crane being operated by an unlicensed operator was attempting to lower the 3000 pound pallet of bricks into an opening at the top of the smokestack more than 200 feet in the air. The opening was barely larger than the pallet of bricks and there were only inches of clearance available. Plaintiff successfully sued the crane rental company whose employees were operating the crane that dropped the bricks into the stack, and project’s general contractor.