Widow Sues Dallas Cowboys, Among Others, For Husband's Fatal Fall From Billboard

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The lot at the bottom right is the one in which the fatal accident occured.
On August 15, 40-year-old John Burnette of Boyd climbed his way up to a three-sided, illuminated billboard he was supposed to service. The billboard, on a lot off of Division Street, is part of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium complex -- No. 14, one of the Cowboys Silver Lots. Burnette opened a trap door to the lower catwalk some 15 feet off the ground. He climbed 60 feet higher and passed through another trap door to the upper catwalk.

But, according to a complaint filed Dallas County District Court, as he attempted to secure his safety harness to a railing, the trap door gave way, and Burnette plummeted some 65 feet to his death.

His widow, a Denton County woman named Angie Freese, and his mother, who lives in Georgia, are suing, in no particular order: Reynolds Sign, Burnette's Irving employer; Commercial Metals Company, which supplied the materials used in the sign's construction; trapdoor and catwalk designer McFarland Engineering, and the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, for whom the complaint claims the sign was built. They're asking for unspecified damages for negligence

Reached this morning, a representative for the Cowboys said she had no information on the lawsuit.


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5 comments
Guest
Guest

McFarland Engineering did not design the trap door. You should get your facts straight!

G_David
G_David

Looks like he went to the website (that I ironically saw advertised on a billboard) whocanisue.com.  And apparently, the answer is everybody.

Michelle
Michelle

@cp what does this have to do with "those protesters"? The guy was just trying to do his job.

Douglas Lang
Douglas Lang

Her Husband stood on a trap door while not harnessed to something? And now they are suing everyone.Why didn't they sue President Obama while they were at it?

cp
cp

Hm, maybe because of incidents such as these, could be why the City of Dallas wants to require "ridiculous" and "unconstitutional" insurance on those protesters......

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