Kyle Barnett Jul. 3, 2015, 7:46am


GRETNA – A pool installation company is being sued by a training academy that claims it contracted with them to install a pool that was never completed and five months after the job was supposed to be done the price was tripled.

Crane Training Safety Institute LLC filed suit against Specialty Pools Co. LLC and Continental Casualty Insurance Company in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 11.

Crane Training Safety Institute contends it provides training classes and certifications for offshore workers. The plaintiff asserts that in 2012 it contracted with Robert Wolfe Constuction Inc. to build a large indoor swimming poll on their premises that was to serve as training area for underwater work. Crane Training Safety Institute claims after an exterior structure was built Specialty Pools Co. was hired to install a 16 foot deep pool that was 30 feet wide by 60 feet long inside the building.

The plaintiff alleges in their contract that Specialty Pools Co. agreed to remedy any excavation problems by only charging an extra 15 percent at most for the job. Shortly after beginning the excavation Specialty Pools Co. allegedly began to have trouble maintaining the sidewalk of the poll pit which continuously collapsed. Crane Training Safety Institute contends due to the problems they agreed to allow Specialty Pools Co. to complete change a costly order on the contract and installed vinyl walls around the pool pit, but it began to fail as well and that a further attempt to reinforce the hole also failed.

Finally, Crane Training Safety Institute asserts five months after Specialty Pools Co. was supposed have completed the project it submitted a new proposal that would have cost three times the original bid on the project. 

The defendant is accused of negligence and breach of contract.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for repairing and remediation costs, costs associated with completing the swimming pool, property damage, loss of use of property, loss of economic benefit, personnel costs, cost of extra equipment and gear, business interruption, loss of business reputation, inconvenience and litigation costs.

Crane Training Safety Institute is represented by Gina M. Palermo of New Orleans-based Huber, Slack, Thomas & Marcelle LLP.

The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach.

Case no. 749-582.

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