Injured sub-contractor says flooring company owner left stair system disabled on construction site

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 11, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A flooring company’s owner alleged negligence in handling a floating stair system caused a plaintiff’s severe bodily injuries on a local construction site, a newly-filed lawsuit states.

Brian Ripley and Aimee Ripley of Bethel Park filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 5 versus Arthur Schultise (doing business as “Schultise Flooring”), of Monongahela.

On June 6, 2017, Brian was a sub-contractor and lawfully on the premises of a townhome construction site located on the 2600 block of Stella Street in Pittsburgh to perform construction and flooring installation work.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant unbolted and disconnected a floating stair system that had been installed on the premises, performed work on the premises and left without reconnecting and rebolting the very same floating stair system, which the plaintiff says he was unaware of.

Schultise allegedly failed to warn the plaintiff and other workers of the disabled floating stair system, failed to restrict access to said stair system and failed to comply with the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) without restoring the stair system to proper working order, among other alleged violations.

Consequently, Brian allegedly sustained a comminuted intra-articular fracture dislocation of the left elbow; injury and damage to the joint, cartilage and surrounding soft tissue and ligaments of the left elbow; injury and damage to the left radial nerve; post-traumatic arthritis or likely development of post-traumatic arthritis; left L4 and L5 transverse process fractures; injury and damage to the discs, cartilage, ligaments and surrounding soft tissue of the lumbosacral spine and a left interior pubic rami fracture.

For counts of negligence and loss of consortium, the plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $35,000 and a trial by jury.

The plaintiffs are represented by Edward J. Balzarini of Balzarini & Watson, in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-18-000203

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