Seaman sues after co-workers drop LRS unit

By Michelle Keahey | Jan 13, 2012


A seaman has filed a lawsuit against his employer that argues the company failed to train and supervise crew members which caused his co-workers to drop a launch and recovery system unit on him.

Kyle L. Teed filed suit against Global Industries Offshore on Jan. 6 in federal court in New Orleans.

Teed was employed by the defendant and assigned to the Normand Commander DP-2, when the alleged incident occurred on June 3, 2011. Teed states that his fellow co-workers were attempting to off-load a launch and recovery system unit when it fell on him. He was pinned to the deck of the vessel and suffered injuries to his back, pelvis, ankle and foot.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to properly train and supervise crew members that were attempting to move the LARS unit, failing to undertake a safety meeting prior to attempting to move the unit, failing to follow applicable safety and operating procedures that govern the movement of the unit and for failing to follow government and industry rules, regulations and standards.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for physical and mental injury, pain and suffering, mental anguish and distress and fright, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, depression, anxiety and suffering, medical expenses, maintenance and cure, punitive damages, interest and court costs.

Teed is represented by New Orleans attorneys Maury A. Herman, James C. Klick and Joseph E. Cain. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00051

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