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Widow Files $3.5 Million Wrongful Death Suit Against Crane Company

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The wife of an iron worker crushed by a crane load is seeking $3.5 million from the crane company she claims is responsible for her husband’s wrongful death.

He was hired by Deep South Crane & Rigging Co. in Texas, to work on a temporary jobsite in Kansas. While readying equipment for a job, he was crushed and killed by a load off the crane.

On July 5, his wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Deep South Crane, in Jefferson County District Court.

The original petition filed on February 2, 2007, states an employee operating a Link-Belt, 60-ton hydraulic boom crane at the job site “was not properly trained on the crane’s computerized system.” The petition states the crane kicked out while a load, thought to be counter weights was suspended.

“Mr. Price was severely injured and was rushed to the hospital,” the petition states. “He lingered for days attempting to hang on for his life but the injuries consumed him and he died from crushing injuries including fractured ribs, pelvis, deflated lungs, torn renal artery and damage to internal organs.”

“Upon the trial of this cause, it will be shown that as a result of the act and omissions of defendant, Mr. Price suffered excruciating pain for several days. Defendant’s conduct was such that it must be punished because it lead to the death of Mr. Price,” the suit says. “Although the life of a husband and good man cannot be adequately determined, plaintiff seeks the sum of not less than $3.5 million.”