HUNTINGTON – An Ironton, Ohio, man is suing his employer after he fell 20 feet through a skylight and landed on his head.

Paul Arthur filed a lawsuit in Cabell Circuit Court April 1 against Boggs Roofing, Inc.

According to his complaint, Arthur was employed as a laborer for Boggs on a roofing job at Salt Rock Elementary School on July 23, 2008.

On that day, Arthur was instructed to move materials onto the roof, which was about 20 feet in the air. Arthur was not provided with anything to prevent him from falling, the complaint says.

On the roof, there was a skylight that was covered and not marked, the complaint says.

While moving materials, Arthur fell through the skylight and landed head first on the concrete floor below, the complaint says.

His injuries were severe and left him in a coma, the complaint says.

Arthur's complaint alleges deliberate intent and negligence. He's seeking compensatory damages and legal costs.

Tammy Bowles Raines is representing the plaintiff. The case is before Cabell Circuit Judge F. Jane Hustead.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 09-C-250

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