Energy Company Sued for Work Injuries
A Morgantown, West Virginia man, has filed a lawsuit against URS Corporations, after he was injured on the job.
According to a complaint filed in Mongolia Circuit Court, on May 15, Timothy Street was employed by URS Corporation, formerly known as Flint Energy Services Inc. On May 17, 2013, Street was directed to work on a water meter station, which required him to stand on a ladder and hold a water line. Street, whom was new to this task, claims he was not properly trained by the OSHA guidelines and requirements, nor did the defendants provide Street with proper training and fall protection. Street stated that he fell off the ladder and sustained a fracture to the radial head of his left elbow.
According to the lawsuit filed by Timothy Street and his lawyers, Stephen P. New and Amanda J. Taylor of the Law Office of Stephen P. New., URS failed to provide a moderately safe workplace. As a direct and proximate result of the actions, omissions and conduct of the defendants, Street suffered injuries to his left elbow, including a fracture and joint effusion, requiring medical treatment and surgery. The lawsuit also claims the incident caused Street to sustain physical pain and suffering; mental anguish and suffering; permanent physical impairment; loss of capacity to enjoy life; medical expenses; annoyance, aggravation, inconvenience, embarrassment and humiliation; and other damages.
The defendants in the lawsuit include: URS Corporation; Momentum; Utica East Ohio Midstream LLC; and John Doe Co. According to Streets claims, the water line was connected to a truck that was owned by Doe and operated by employees and agents of the John Doe Company. Timothy Street’s lawsuit states that the John Doe’s agents and employees caused the water line to be pressurized, when it should not have been. As a result, Street was knocked off of the ladder by the over pressurized water line. Timothy Street is seeking compensatory damages.
URS Corporations is an energy company that provides engineering, construction, and technical services for public agencies and private sectors around the world. URS Energy & Construction broke into the top 100 of this year as the state’s 30th-largest private employer. The company has five locations in West Virginia, including two in Morgantown. The company purchased Flint Energy Services for $1.25 billion two years ago, to expand its business presence in North American shale plays. This lawsuit is not the first to be filed against this worldwide corporation in a West Virginia Court. In November 2004, a former employee, Heathcote, filed a suit against URS Corporations for Diversity- Employment Discrimination. URS Corporations has not commented on the lawsuits filed against the company. This is not the first lawsuit filed against the John Doe Trucking Company as well. In October 2014, an Illinois man filed a lawsuit in Mongolia Circuit Court against John Doe Co. for negligence. The John Doe Trucking Company was also involved in a $1.3 million dollar settlement awarded in Eby v. John Doe Trucking Company. In this case, the plaintiff was driving a disabled van located on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Jim Thorpe exit, when a driver from John Doe Trucking Co. failed to reduce speed dictated by inclement weather conditions, resulting in a catastrophic collision between the two vehicles. If you or a loved one has been hurt on the job or by a major company such as these, one should seek out a personal injury attorney immediately.