Seaman sues over crane accident

Michelle Massey May 2, 2011, 1:15am

A seaman is suing his employer after a crane operator allegedly dropped a steel plate on his foot.

Floyd Wigley filed suit against Ensco Offshore Co. on April 26 in federal court in New Orleans.

The crane accident occurred on Oct. 8, 2010 as Wigley was working as a roustabout and crewmember of ENSCO 68.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to adequately train, instruct, supervise or oversee crew, failing to provide sufficiently numerous or competent crew, for improper and unsafe method of operation and failing to provide or properly use necessary personal safety or other equipment.

In addition, the defendant is accused of failing to provide proper binding, sling, or rigging methods, failing to properly position, lifted, move or handle materials, failing to properly position crane, failing to remedy unseaworthy conditions and failing to alleviate known dangers.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for mental and physical pain and suffering, permanent liability, loss of wages, impairment of earning capacity, medical expenses, punitive damages, attorney's fees, court costs and interest.

Wigley is represented by Peter S. Koeppel, Laurence E. Best and Brian A. Gilbert of Best Koeppel Traylor in New Orleans.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00983

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