Meshoppen man alleges negligence for job-site injuries

By Robbie Hargett | Jan 24, 2016

SCRANTON—A Meshoppen man is suing several companies involved in a drilling site where he allegedly sustained injuries.

Michael Tyler filed a lawsuit on Jan. 13 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Chesapeake Appalachia, Seventy Seven Energy, Great Plains Oilfield Rental and Nomac Drilling, alleging negligence.

The suit states that on Jan. 14, 2014, while Tyler was working as a pugmill operator for drilling contractor Susquehanna Services on a Chesapeake pad in Bradford County, he was cleaning off the pad in the backyard of the drilling site when his foot got caught in a "whip check," which caused him to trip and fall.

The suit alleges the equipment that caused him to fall was improperly placed; and was owned, maintained, installed, supervised and/or controlled by Chesapeake, Seventy Seven, Great Plains, and/or Nomac.

As a result of the fall, Tyler has allegedly suffered serious and permanent injuries, for which he has incurred medical expenses.

Tyler seeks a judgment in excess of $75,000, plus interest and costs. He is represented by attorney Paul T. Oven of Dougherty, Leventhal & Price in Moosic.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case number 4:16-CV-00066-MWB

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