Alabama resident sues after crane drops pipe onto him

By Michelle Massey | Jul 28, 2010


An Alabama resident is suing after he was injured by a crane that dropped a pipe on him while he was attempting to relocate it on the deck of an oil platform.

Herman T. Davis filed suit against Island Operating Company, Inc. operator, manager or charterer of the Eugene Island 175D Platform, Apache Corp., owner, operator or manager of the Eugene Island 175D Platform July 12 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred in March 2009 while Davis was working on the Apache platform Eugene Island 175D on the Outer Continental Shelf. Davis was helping to move a pipe onto a lubricator by pushing the pipe while it was lifted off the deck by the platform's crane.

Davis says he was pushing on the pipe when the operator of the crane released the crane, causing the pipe to fall on his shoulder. Davis says he strained his back trying to push the heavy piece of equipment off his shoulder.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work, breaching its duty owed to Davis by not providing the proper equipment to safely perform the job, negligently dropping the pipe onto Davis and for not properly maintaining the crane.

Davis is seeking damages for physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses, physical impairment, lost earnings, loss of ability to income in the future, interest and court costs.

He is represented by Colin D. Sherman of Huey Law Firm in Mobile, Alabama.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv01946

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