Mississippi worker sues after being thrown overboard from airboat

Michelle Keahey May 8, 2012, 5:00am


NEW ORLEANS - A Mississippi worker has filed a lawsuit against his employer after the airboat he was aboard hit a stump and he was thrown overboard.

Edward Jerrald Reese Sr. filed suit against Global Geophysical Services Inc. and Dauterive Contractors Inc. on April 27 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incidetn occurred on Oct. 16, 2010 while Reese was working for defendant Global Geophysical Services and riding in an airboat.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to properly equip, man, provision, maintain and operate the airboat, for failing to properly implement an overall plan to complete the tasks in a safe and non-hazardous manner, failing to provide a safe and non-hazardous workplace, failing to provide sufficient tools and manpower, failing to properly instruct and outfit Reese and his crew members, and for failing to provide proper warnings and instructions regarding the conditions on the airboat.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of damages for loss of earning capacity, physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses, maintenance and cure, court costs, and interest.

Reese is represented by Alton J. Hall, Jr. and Bobby J. Delise of Delise & Hall in Covington. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-01072

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