Seaman sues Transocean after being hit in the head with falling scaffolding

Michelle Massey May 5, 2011, 2:14pm

After being hit in the head by a falling piece of scaffolding, a seaman is suing Transocean for allegedly failing to secure it.

Randy Mangipano filed suit against Transocean and Safeway Services on March 30 in Jefferson Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on April 29.

The incident occurred on Jan. 6.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to provide a safe method of doing the work, negligence of co-workers in failing to properly install, maintain, uninstall the scaffolding aboard the M/V Discovered Deep Seas and for failing to properly train its employees.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for mental and physical pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, maintenance and cure, punitive damages, interest, attorney fees, expenses and penalties.

Mangipano is represented by New Orleans attorney Steven B. Badeaux.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01015

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