The family of a man killed on the job has filed a suit against the Texas
companies for which he worked. The man's fiancee filed the
wrongful death suit on May 13 against Forge Energy LLC and its Odessa-based contractor
Thornton Drilling Company. The suit alleges that the companies' gross
negligence led to the victim's death. Neither company has filed a
response to the suit or made comment.
According to the suit, the 20-year-old victim was hired in summer of 2012
by Thornton which was operating an Andrews County oil rig with Forge.
He worked on the rig for five days before being electrocuted while using
a power washer outside the rig's generator house. The family's
attorney said that the death was caused by the companies' "callous
disregard for safety." He added that although many Texas oil companies
are enjoying record profits, oil workers are paying with their lives because
some companies disregard workplace safety.
The victim was survived by his 20-year-old fiancee and their two-year-old
and ten-month-old daughters.
Workplace accidents are all too common and the most serious accidents can have dire consequences
for victims and their families. In fatal accidents like this one, the
victim may have young dependents and the family may experience financial
hardship caused by the loss of their loved one's income.
Families of workers who have died in workplace accidents may be entitled
to financial compensation to cover the loss of the worker's income,
medical expenses related to the accident and the family's pain and
suffering. An Austin personal injury attorney with experience in
fatal workplace accidents could review the details of the accident and make a recommendation to
the family on whether they should pursue a claim and how to do so. In
some cases, the company may wish to settle in which case the attorney
could negotiate on the family's behalf.
Source: San Antonio Business Journal, "Forge Energy hit with wrongful death suit over oilfield fatality", Sanford Nowlin, May 21, 2013