CHARLESTON - A Putnam County man has filed a suit against his employer, claiming he was injured while on the job.

Steve Nester filed a suit July 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court, against Verizon West Virginia. Stephanie Nester is also listed as a plaintiff in the case.

According to the suit, Steve Nester was working in Lincoln County when he was injured when he fell down steps on the "SLC Platform." The platform is used to access telecommunications equipment. It can only be accessed by a set of steps.

Nester claims the steps were too old, too steep and had accumulated algae, moss and other slippery substances.

According to the suit, Verizon had received numerous complaints regarding the safety of the steps and the platform.

However, nothing was done to maintain the safety of the steps. On Sept. 5, 2006, Nester fell, injuring his head, neck, back, legs, internal organs, and upper and lower extremities.

Stephanie Nester claims she was deprived of the consortium, society and comfort of her husband.

According to the suit, the Nesters seek damages to compensate them for their injuries.

Attorney Tony L. O'Dell is representing the Nesters. The case has been assigned to Judge James Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-1537

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