Jury awards $925,000 in prep plant construction accident

  • By Barbara Miller March 1, 2013

A Washington County jury awarded $925,000 this week to a husband and wife in a civil suit the couple filed against Lone Pine Construction Inc. after he was struck by falling wet concrete six years ago at the Emerald Resources LP preparation plant, Waynesburg.

Gene L. and Michele Frame of Birch River, W.Va., sued Lone Pine Construction of 83 Lusk Road, Bentleyville, in connection with the Feb. 8, 2007, accident.

According to court documents, Frame was working for Lincoln Construction to replace coal screens on the fifth floor of the 12-story prep plant.

Frame was operating a switch for a hoist elevator on the seventh floor of the facility when a worker employed by Lone Pine Construction left the elevator pushing a wheelbarrow full of wet concrete as part of a concrete-pouring operation.

The wheelbarrow went out of control, and an estimated 10 to 15 pounds of wet concrete flew out the side of the seventh-floor, dropping onto Frame’s head two stories below.

Frame said he was stunned by the impact, the force of which drove him to his knees and caused him to suffer pain in the neck, head and back.

He claimed he was able to work two to three weeks since he was injured in the accident.

The jury found Lone Pine Construction Inc. negligent in the accident and awarded $725,000 to Frame and $200,000 to his wife for loss of consortium.

Presiding at the trial was visiting Senior Judge Timothy O’Reilly of Allegheny County.

Barbara S. Miller covers politics, Washington County government and a variety of other topics for the Observer-Reporter. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in English and history. Follow her on Twitter @reporterbarb.


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