Montgomery, Ala.,-based law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of one of two men killed in a construction accident while working on the Montgomery Outer Loop Project. Beasley Allen is representing the family of the Montgomery man killed, David Lee White.
David Lee and Shania Renee Mahone, the grieving children of victim David Lee White, filed the suit through Beasley Allen Law Firm in the Ciricuit Court of Montgomery County, Ala. R.R. Dawson Bridge Co. and Miller Formless Systems are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
According to the suit and law enforcement officials, the unexpected deaths of White, 63, and another worker, Lomax Phillips, from Birmingham, Ala., were caused by the failure of a piece of equipment attached to the bridge that plummeted both men nearly 90 feet to the ground, killing them.
The fallen piece of equipment, identified as a wagon lift, was believed to have been defective and have caused the fatal fall, the suit claims.
The investigation of what exactly took place is being performed by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
The prime contractor for ALDOT’s Montgomery Outer Loop Project, R.R. Dawson Bridge Co. of Bessemer, has been temporarily suspended from working on the project until further notice.
The family of Lomax Phillips has sought legal representation from attorneys Steve Couch and Eric Guster, who filed a second lawsuit in Jefferson County Circuit Court. The suit, which was filed on behalf of Phillips’ wife, Lisa, and children, names R.R. Dawson Bridge Co., Phillips’ employer, and the contractor hired for the construction project as defendants.