Platform worker sues after falling on ramp

Michelle Massey Nov. 29, 2010, 1:54am


A Florida resident has filed a lawsuit claiming he slipped and fell while walking down a ramp because of unsafe and unreasonable conditions aboard a drilling platform.

Stephen Stewart filed suit against The Thunder Horse Semi-Submersible Drilling Platform, BP Exploration & Production Inc. and Mobile Oil Exploration and Producing Southeast Inc. on Nov. 12 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, Stewart was working aboard the Thunder Horse assisting in the kitchen area of the vessel during drilling and production operations within the Thunder Horse Oil Field in the Outer Continental Shelf. Stewart states he suffered severe and disabling injuries when he slipped while exiting down a ramp from the kitchen cooler.

Stewart is seeking damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental and emotional pain and suffering, aggravation, inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of life, disability, interest and court costs.

He is represented by Michael S. Brander, Jr. of Brandner Law Firm in Metairie.

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

Case No. 2:10-cv-04312

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