The family of the late James Burnett is suing several companies, alleging the defendants are responsible for allowing a 40-foot long pipe to fall and crush their benefactor.

Individually and as legal representative of Burnett’s estate, Chelsea Rubio filed suit against BHP Billiton Petroleum Properties, Streamline Production Systems and Chance Kowold, doing business as K-O Welding Services, on June 11 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on May 6 Burnett was working at a BHP drilling site in Karnes County when a pipe, approximately 40 feet long, “fell off a pipe stack, landing on him, which ultimately resulted in his demise.”

SPS and K-O were cutting the pipe at the time of the incident.

The plaintiffs are suing for wrongful death damages.

El Campo attorney Harry Bates represents them.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E194-437

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