MOUNDSVILLE – An employee and a widow are suing Davis H. Elliott Construction Co. for injuries and one employee's death.

Murray Energy Corporation; John Does 1-10 and John Doe Corporations 1-10 were also named as defendants in the suits.

On Nov. 3, the defendants forced Christopher Lynn Peterson and Gregory Alan Pruitt into a dangerous situation in the handling of electrical wires, according to two complaints filed Feb. 23 in Marshall Circuit Court.

Peterson and Amity Rose Pruitt claim Peterson was injured and Gregory Pruitt was killed as a result of the defendants' actions.

The defendants owed a duty to provide  the plaintiffs were a safe place in which to work, and breached this duty when it failed to provide the plaintiffs with proper training, safety equipment and/or in other ways failed to provide for the safety and welfare of the plaintiffs, according to the suits.

The plaintiffs claim prior to the incident, the defendants failed to provide Peterson and Gregory Pruitt with the proper equipment/training and violated appropriate regulations, failed to inspect the site of the fatality prior to forcing the plaintiffs to engage in the dangerous act that caused Gregory Pruitt's untimely death and Peterson's injury.

As a direct and proximate result of the defendants' wrongful misconduct, Gregory Pruitt's estate and Peterson were harmed, injured and damaged, according to the suits.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by D. Adrian Hoosier II of the Hoosier Law Firm PLLC.

The cases are assigned to Circuit Judges Mark A. Karl and David W. Hummel Jr.

Marshall Circuit Court case numbers: 15-C-34, 15-C-35

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