Family of arborist who was killed in Pickathon boom lift failure sues for negligence

The family of a worker who died in a boom lift accident at Pendarvis Farm after the 2019 Pickathon music festival is suing several companies alleging wrongful death and negligence.

Darlene Swet, the mother of Bradley Swet, one of two workers who died, filed the lawsuit Tuesday against GuildWorks, Pickathon, Pendarvis Farms, Herc Rentals, Terex Corporation, and Genie Industries for over $37 million in compensation.

In August of 2019, Swet, 35, and Brandon Blackmore, 27, were private contractors helping take down a shade installation that was strung over the grounds at the Pickathon music festival in Happy Valley.

They were roped to a boom lift and were wearing safety equipment when climbing further up into the trees to get to ropes holding up the installation. The boom lift was being operated on an incline. When they were about 40 feet off the ground, the boom lift tilted and fell, sending the victims plunging to their death.

Read the accident report here;