Crewman sues Cenac Marine after fall

Carol Ostrow Jun. 2, 2015, 11:10am


A seaman has sued his company and its benefits provider, alleging negligence in a workplace injury.

Irving Beo filed a lawsuit May 27 against Cenac Marine Services and CTCO Benefits Services in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging premises negligence.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 14, 2014, Beo, employed as a deckhand by the defendants, slipped and fell between a barge and his assigned vessel and he sustained serious and debilitating injuries. The suit holds the defendant liable for gross negligence in the incident.

The complaint cites the defendant with: failure to provide a safe workplace with proper means of entry and exit; failure to maintain the vessel in a reasonable state of repair; failure take precautions for the plaintiff’s safety; or to warn him of existing hazards.

The suit says the vessel was unseaworthy, and Beo additionally contends his employer is in breach of duty because it owes him maintenance and cure benefits. The plaintiff argues the defendants’ refusal to provide maintenance and cure was unreasonable, arbitrary and/or willful, consequently aggravating his post-accident condition.

The plaintiff cites: pain, suffering, and mental anguish; lost wages and earning capacity; impairment and disfigurement; and medical expenses.

Beo requests: compensation for actual damages; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney fees; expenses; and costs.

He is represented by attorney Marcus Spagnoletti of Spagnoletti & Co. in Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number: 3:15-cv-00125.

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