Son of deceased man files suit for father's rig death

Kelly Holleran Feb. 4, 2013, 12:12pm

The son of a man killed when a rig fell on top of him is blaming the company responsible for erecting the equipment for causing his father’s death. 

Justin Burnett filed a lawsuit Jan. 28 in Jefferson County District Court against T.K. Stanley, Nabors Drilling USA and Legend Oil Field Services.

In his complaint, Justin Burnett alleges his father, Scottie Wayne Burnett, was working as a rigger for T.K. Stanley on March 19, 2011, near rig components being off-loaded to the drilling site. Suddenly, a section of the rig collapsed without warning and pinned Scottie Wayne Burnett beneath it, according to the complaint.

“At the time of the incident subject of this suit, Scottie Wayne Burnett was following directions being issued by defendants,” the suit states.

Because of Scottie Wayne Burnett’s death, his family lost his earning capacity, care, services, maintenance, support, services, advice, counsel, companionship and society. They also endured mental anguish and lost his inheritance, the complaint says.

Nabors is named as a defendant because it was the drilling company in charge of the site where the incident occurred. T.K. Stanley and Legend were subcontractors at the site where the incident occurred, the complaint says.

Justin Burnett alleges negligence against the defendants.

In his complaint, he seeks an unspecified judgment, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

Mark T. Murray of Stevenson and Murray in Houston will be representing him.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D193-863


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