Hernia blamed on attempt to move gas drum

Kelly Holleran Nov. 10, 2009, 5:35am

A Jefferson County man claims he suffered a hernia and other injuries after he was ordered to move a gas drum weighing hundreds of pounds.

Daryl Scroggs was a crew member on an offshore semi-submersible rig called the "Thunderhorse," which was owned by defendant BP America Production Co., when his injury occurred on Sept. 26.

According to Scroggs' complaint filed Nov. 4 in Jefferson County District Court , supervisors for defendant BIS SALAMIS and BP ordered Scroggs to move a 30-gallon gas drum weighing several hundred pounds up a stairway to supply fuel to large air compressors

"This was necessary because the hoses normally used to get the gas to the compressors were broken," the suit states.

Because of his attempt to move the drum, Scroggs suffered an umbilical hernia, injuries to his neck and back and experienced pain and suffering, the complaint says.

In addition, Scroggs claims he suffered mental anguish and physical impairment, lost his enjoyment of life, lost wages, lost his earning capacity and incurred medical costs.

He claims defendants should have known it was dangerous to move the drum.

Scroggs is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief to which he may be entitled.

Brett S. Thomas of Roebuck, Thomas, Roebuck and Adams in Beaumont will be representing the plaintiff.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D185-263.

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