Electrician loses balance, sues for $1.65 million

Michelle Massey Jul. 16, 2010, 5:00am

A marine electrician is suing for more than $1 million after he lost his balance while working.

Lizandro Morales filed suit against MMR Offshore Services and Noble Drilling Corp. July 8 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to his complaint, the accident occurred during the transport of the J/U Noble Scott Marks aboard a specialized transport vessel when the flotilla encountered extremely rough seas.

Morales states that Noble Drilling insisted he continue working and complete his task of refitting the electrical components on the engine in the shaker room to assure compliance with U.S. standards.

He claims he lost his balance during his attempts to perform the assigned tasks and became injured. Morales states his injuries have incapacitated him and prevent him from returning to employment as a marine electrician.

The defendants are accused of failing to provide rig personnel with safe and efficient tools and equipment, failing to provide Morales with a sufficient and adequate crew and safe place to work, failing to provide a seaworthy vessel and appliances and failing to warn about a known danger.

MMR Offshore Services and Noble Drilling Corp. are also accused of failing to adequately inspect the vessel for safety hazards and failing to devise alternative means for the work.

Morales is seeking more than $1.65 million in damages for mental pain and suffering, loss of income and earning capacity, future medical care, interest, maintenance, cure benefits, penalties and attorney fees.

Morales is represented by attorney Michael J. Mestayer in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv01930

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