Daughter Sues After Dad Killed In Pennsylvania Drilling Accident

There are many dangerous jobs that brave men and women perform every day, but no worker should have to put his or her life at risk to earn a living. That’s why regulators have imposed strict workplace safety rules. Unfortunately, not all employers follow these rules, which means many lives are still at risk.

May 10, 2012 probably started out like any other day for a father working for a natural gas drilling company in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania. Sadly, the man will never be able to speak to or see his family members again after being struck in the head and killed by a steal pipe casing.

In the wake of the worker’s death, his loved ones filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Philadelphia against his employer and several other companies involved in the natural gas drilling. The lawsuit blames the man’s death on negligence and a lack of safety systems.

Cabot Oil and Gas, one of the largest natural gas drilling companies in Pennsylvania, was named as a defendant in the lawsuit as well as Pioneer Drilling Services, of San Antonio, Texas, Pioneer Drilling and Dean’s Casing Services, both of Pennsylvania.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the deceased worker’s daughter, who charges that her father’s death was caused by the defendant companies, led by Cabot, which did not provide adequate safety procedures, training and on-site protection for workers.

In the lawsuit filed on April 23, the daughter seeks damages in excess of $50,000 from each of the four companies named as defendants.

Losing a loved one in a workplace accident is devastating, and no amount of money will ever take away the pain. However, a wrongful death lawsuit can often provide the family with the financial support they need to get through this difficult time.

Source: 12 Action News, “Lawsuit: Cabot, Others Caused Man’s Death,” Dave Greber, July 5, 2012