LAFAYETTE – A Schlumberger employee alleges he was caused to fall into the Gulf of Mexico during a transfer from a boat to a platform.

Haratio A. Sledge filed a complaint on July 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette-Opelousas Division against Chevron USA Inc. and Alliance Offshore LLC alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 25, 2015, he was a passenger aboard Alliance Offshore's marine vessel Chase and while attempting to transfer via swing rope to Chevorn's platform, suddenly without warning he was caused to fall into the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in damages and injuries.

The plaintiff holds Chevron USA Inc. and Alliance Offshore LLC responsible because the defendants allegedly created and permitted a dangerous condition to exist, failed to remedy the unreasonable dangerous condition, failed to provide adequate swing rope configuration and failed to keep a safe and appropriate watch.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in its favor in an amount reasonable in the premises, together with legal interest and for all other such general and equitable relief as the court may deem proper. He is represented by Nicholas A. Blanda of Anderson Dozier Blanda & Saltzman in Lafayette. 

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette-Opelousas Division Case number 6:16-cv-01026

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