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Shell Oil sued over alleged mishap while pouring concrete


By Carrie Bradon | Mar 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH — A couple are seeking damages, claiming that a concrete worker was caused severe and irreparable damages in a worksite accident.

Paul and Janet Thrasher filed a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County against Shell Oil Co., alleging it created a dangerous situation, failed to repair defects, failed to employ an OSHA-certified safety coordinator and failed to provide a safe place of work.

Paul and Janet Thrasher are individuals and Illinois residents. Shell Oil Co. is an oil and gas production with a principal place of business in Dallas.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place while Paul Thrasher was an invitee of the defendant at their property of 300 Frankfort Road in Monaca on Sept. 29, 2017. The suit states the plaintiff was working with Howard Concrete Co. and had been tasked by the defendant with pouring concrete from a 52-foot concrete truck. The truck's front tires were elevated 3.5 feet off the ground, the suit says.

The plaintiff allegedly voiced concerns to the defendant about the condition, but the defendant continued in its instruction to the plaintiff to complete the work with the truck in its position. The plaintiff was climbing into the cab of the truck when a malfunction occurred and the plaintiff was caused to be severely injured when one of the tires slipped and fell almost 4 feet, the suit says.

As a result of the incident, the plaintiff has suffered injuries resulting in the serious and permanent loss of bodily function, dismemberment and scarring, the suit says.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages of more than $35,000 against the defendant plus other rewards the court deems fit.

The plaintiffs are represented by Anthony Giannetti of Swartz Culleton in Newtown.

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