A Medford, Ore., woman has filed a lawsuit against two construction companies after her husband was crushed to death by a dump truck in a construction area on an Interstate highway near Cottage Grove, Ore. Karee Battenfield filed a $7.9 million wrongful death lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Her husband, Layne Battenfield, was a construction worker and longtime supervisor. He was killed on May 1 when he was struck by an asphalt dump truck that was backing up in the construction area.
The driver of the truck wasn’t cited for any criminal offense after an investigation by the Oregon State Police and the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Neither did a trooper who investigated find any criminal intent or recklessness. An Oregon OSHA inspector found no safety or equipment violations. It appears this was a case of driver error. However, it’s possible that further investigation could find more than just driver error.
Source: Insurance Journal
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