An Alabama resident has filed a lawsuit against his former employer after he was forced to work five hours on his hands and knees attempting to fix the floor of a vessel.

Claiming he was injured, James Lett filed suit against Omega Protein Corp. and F/V Anna on Sept. 2 in federal court in New Orleans.

Lett states he was injured on Sept. 15, 2008 after he spent approximately five hours on his hands and knees using a small chipping gun to remove accumulated rust from the floor of the upper engine room.

He states the equipment he was using was not made to remove five years of rust accumulation. Lett claims he suffered severe injuries to his back, head, neck and legs.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to properly supervise their crew, failing to properly train their employees, failing to provide adequate safety and chipping equipment, failing to safely operate the vessel and for operating the vessel with an inadequate crew.

Lett is seeking damages for physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, maintenance and cure, punitive damages, interest, court costs and attorneys' fees.

He is represented by Robert P. Wynne, Michael E. Pierce and Christopher M. Spain of Arnold & Itkin in Houston. Jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv02921

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