Roustabout sues after stepping in decking hole and injuring knee

Michelle Keahey Sep. 28, 2012, 3:25am


NEW ORLEANS - A roustabout has filed a lawsuit that claims he was not warned about dangerous floor decking causing him to suffer injuries to his knee and hip when he stepped into a hole.

Reginald Payton filed suit against Apache Corp. on Aug. 23 in Plaquemines Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Sept. 14.

The lleged aincident occurred on Aug. 27, 2011, as Payton was working for Fab Con as a roustabout and was putting oil in a boom container when he stepped into an opening or hole, in the deck on Apache's South Pass rig. He claims he suffered injuries to his left knee, hip and thigh.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to maintain a safe premises, facility, or rig, failing to replace floor decking creating a dangerous hazard, failing to use signage to warn of the hazards associated with the rig's decking, failing to surround the dangerous area with yellow tape, orange cones, or other safety devices preventing employees from working or walking in the area where the decking was located.

The defendant is also accused of negligence for failing to follow, and implement, relevant federal, state, or corporate safety regulations, including but not limited to, regulations pertaining to the rigs, the decking on the oil rigs or the methods for preventing injuries and accidents aboard rigs or platforms.

Payton is represented by Paul E. Harrison and C. deShea Richardson of Law Offices of Paul E. Harrison in Mandeville and Eric C. Labourdette in Slidell.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02274

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