Survivors sue Shell Energy and others for alleged negligence in employee's death

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 20, 2018

PITTSBURGH — An administratix is suing Swepi LP, Shell Energy Holding GP LLC, Richard Kinnan and Barbara Kinnan, property operators, citing alleged negligence.

Rosa Jones filed a complaint on Dec. 10 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against the defendants, alleging they failed to provide a safe environment for invitees.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 27 while the decedent, Marc Jones, was working in the course and scope of his employment with Deep Well Services on a well pad when suddenly and without warning, a large piece of equipment became dislodged from the well pad and pinned him to the platform.

This caused asphyxiation, severe and permanent injuries, including catastrophic bodily injuries and death, loss of earnings and earning capacity, past medical expenses, conscious pain and suffering, and loss of life’s pleasures, the suit says. Additionally, the decedent's survivors lost the support, services, society and comfort, and expenses incurred for medical, funeral and other expenses, the suit says.

The plaintiff holds Swepi LP, Shell Energy Holding GP LLC, Richard Kinnan and Barbara Kinnan responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide safety specifications identifying equipment-failure hazard, failed to appropriately inspect and/or maintain equipment on the well pad, and failed to have in place an appropriate emergency response plan.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants in an amount in excess of $35,000. She is represented by Brandon Swartz and Anthony Giannetti of Swartz Culleton PC in Pittsburgh.

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