Platform worker sues after falling into hole

Michelle Massey Aug. 30, 2010, 10:00am


An offshore platform worker has filed a lawsuit that argues he did not have a safe place to work due to a hole in the grating on a platform.

Ronald and Kim Kindred of Texas filed suit against Blake International Holdings, Spartan Offshore Holdings, W&T Offshore, Fastorq and Lexington Insurance on July 20 in Terrebonne Parish District Court. The defendants removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Aug. 20.

The alleged incident occurred Aug. 3, 2009 as Ronald Kindred was working on a platform owned by defendant W&T Offshore. On that date, the defendants allegedly did work on the grating on the platform, cutting a 3-foot by 3-foot hole in the grating.

Kindred states he stepped on an unsecured portion of grating that shifted, causing him to fall in the hole. He claims he suffered serious injuries, including a crushing injury to his ribs that required surgery.

The defendants are accused of failing to provide a safe work place, failing to properly warn of unreasonably-dangerous conditions, failing to erect barricades around the hole in the grating, improperly securing the grating and failing to provide properly trained personnel.

The Kindreds are seeking damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earning capacity, lost earnings, living expenses, emotional distress, medical expenses, permanent scarring, interest, costs, loss of consortium and attorney fees.

The Kindreds are represented by William S. Neblett of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault in Alexandria.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv02788

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