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Anderson Cooper Sued By Interior Designer for Injury from Unsafe Workplace

February 15, 2010

In a national employment lawsuit that our Southern California Employment Lawyers have been following, Anderson Cooper, the well known CNN new anchor is being sued by an interior designer after enduring a dangerous fall while working to design an old firehouse that Cooper is currently turning into his new home.

According to the New York Post, Killian O'Brien, the 29-year old interior designer in Brooklyn, fell 17 feet through a hole where the station's fire pole had been removed in September of last year. The hole was reportedly removed before Killian arrived, and was never covered up, reportedly causing an unsafe workplace environment that led to O'Brien's dramatic accident.

The lawsuit lists O'Brien's personal injuries as severe and permanent, and seeks unspecified damages. O'Brien is also suing residential real-estate developer Cary Tamarkin.

From 1906 to 2006, the firehouse in Manhattan was home to the Fire Patrol, a firefighting organization privately backed by the insurance industry. Cooper purchased the house from the New York Board of Fire Underwriters and reportedly plans to convert the station into a new home. Cooper hired Tamarkin who is known for performing modern residential restorations, and O'Brien, who has worked for many interior design companies as the redevelopment team.

If you or someone you know in Orange County or throughout Southern California has experienced a personal injury due to violations of health or safety in the workplace, our team of Anaheim-based team of attorneys and professionals can help find a solution for your recovery. Call today for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.

Anderson Cooper Sued Over Fall At His New Firehouse, Huffington Post, February 13, 2010

CNN Anchor Sued for "Unsafe" Building, New York Post, February 13, 2010

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA)