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Car Wash Employee Sues Largest Manufacturer Over Amputated Leg

(Image: Sonny's)

(Image: Sonny’s)

An Arizona car wash employee has sued the world’s largest manufacturer of conveyorized car wash equipment, parts and supplies alleging that it failed to prevent him from losing his leg, according to Courthouse News Service.

Dominic Walton, employed at Conway Carwash, was washing down the facility’s tracks when his “shoestring and/or shoe was caught by the roller or the chain system causing the roller to take Walton’s leg through the carwash as if he were a vehicle,” Walton’s complaint states. “The roller and/or chain system pulled Walton’s leg through the mechanical track to the end of the conveyor system resulting in serious injury to Walton’s right foot and ankle necessitating an amputation of his right leg below his knee.”

Walton argues that Sonny’s failed to implement adequate safety devices with warnings and instructions on how to avoid injuries. He states that Sonny’s did not realize an entrapment hazard existed in the design of the car wash’s tracks. In seeking compensation for product “liability, negligence, and wantonness,” Walton claims “that it created an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death to the intended users and/or operators of the system,” the News Service reported.

We’ve previously written about how the Florida-based Sonny’s has its tunnel systems operating in car washes across the 50 states and abroad.



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