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Jackson County ironworker alleges fall injuries caused by employer's negligence

State Court

By Marian Johns | Nov 27, 2019

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FAYETTEVILLE – A Pennsylvania company is facing a lawsuit after a Jackson County ironworker fell off a bridge structure and the company was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a "serious" safety violation. 

Ginger Crihfield filed a complaint In Fayette Circuit Court against Advantage Steel & Construction LLC alleging violation of West Virginia law. 

Crihfield was working at Railroad Bridge in Thurmond as an ironworker for the defendant on Dec. 11, 2017, and was attempting to access a bridge pier from a deck and to make a dissent through a hatch and down cross bracing when she fell and suffered serious injuries to her head. Crihfield alleges her employer's failure to provide a stairway, ladder or ramp caused her injuries.

Crihfield seeks compensatory damages, a trial by jury, interest and all other just relief. She is represented by Henry Wood III of The Wood Law Office LC in Charleston. 

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Paul M. Blake Jr.

Fayette Circuit Court case number 19-C-134

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