A Jefferson Parish man is suing his employer and various other entities after suffering a work injury during a transfer from an oil platform to a vessel. He filed the complaint on May 31.
According to the complaint, on June 12, 2015, the worker was employed with Superior Energy Services and working on High Island 537, a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. While being transported from the platform to a separate vessel, the lawsuit alleges that a crane operator swung the personnel basket, smashing it into the crane boom rest. During this action, the employee was injured. He is seeking damages for injuries and pain, suffering, disability, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses and lost wages.
While people may perceive oil and maritime jobs to be inherently dangerous, this is not the case – if all parties do their due diligence to look out for the health and safety of all workers, oil workers should not be in any more danger of injury than any other worker. However, due to the location of these jobs as well as the frequent use of heavy equipment, all it takes is one mistake – one failed safety check, one lack or warning or one careless action – for someone to suffer catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death. Workers injured in the maritime industry have rights to seek damages from negligent employees, employers and a variety of potential defendants. Speak to a maritime injury lawyer if you have been injured while working on a vessel or oil platform.