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Ironworker’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit After Fatal Crane Collapse

One worker was killed and another injured in a recent crane collapse in Oklahoma City. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the coroner’s office are investigating the July 23 accident and say it could take over a month to determine the cause.

Meanwhile, the family of 33-year-old ironworker Joshua Dawe has filed a wrongful death lawsuit again Johnston Contractors, Inc. Dawe was in the basket of an aerial lift when the crane’s boom collapsed onto the baset, killing his instantly. His family is seeking over $50,000 in damages. John Contractors, Inc. was in charge of coordinating and inspecting work at the construction site, but the company claimed it does not own, operate, or maintain the crane or aerial lift.

Attorneys for Dawe’s estate had until yesterday to inspect the site of the accident. The Country Associate Judge has issued an order preventing OSHA from altering or repairing the crane and a 4-foot boom cable. However, work may continue in other areas of the construction project.

In Massachusetts, the deceased person’s estate has three from year from the time of death or from the time that wrongful death is discovered to file a lawsuit. If you believe your relative has died as the result of someone’s carelessness or negligence, then our Boston wrongful death attorneys can help. We will interview witnesses and liable parties to gather evidence and examine the circumstances surrounding your family member’s death. You pay noting until we recover your compensation.

Worker’s family files wrongful death lawsuit over crane collapse, Pantagraph.com, August 1, 2008
Investigation, construction continue after deadly crane collapse, TMCNet.com, July 24, 2008

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