Roustabout seeks $5 million in suit claiming back injuries from ducking from crane load

Michelle Keahey Aug. 31, 2012, 3:35am

NEW ORLEANS - A roustabout has filed a lawsuit over back injuries he allegedly received when he ducked out of the way of a load being moved by a crane.

Kevin Cloyd filed suit against Ensco Offshore Co. on Aug. 13 in federal court in New Orleans.

The incident occurred on June 17, 2012 as Cloyd was employed as a roustabout by the defendant and assigned to the Ensco 86 jack-up rig.

Cloyd states he was seriously injured when a load being moved by a crane shifted and came at him on an over-crowded deck. He was forced into an awkward position, which allegedly caused injuries to his cervical and lumbar spine.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to properly supervise the task being performed, failing to provide Cloyd with a safe place to work, for operating the carne in an unsafe manner, requiring Cloyd to work in over-crowded and unsafe conditions, moving the crane load toward Cloyd's position suddenly and without warning, and for failing to conduct the task in a reasonably safe manner.

Cloyd is asking for an award of more than $5 million in damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, maintenance and cure, interest, and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Evette E. Ungar, George W. Byrne Jr. and Cheryl L. Wild of Ungar & Byrne in New Orleans.

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

Case No. 2:12-cv-02075

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