Longshoreman claims rental spider cage dropped him into ocean, sues for $2.5M

David Yates Dec. 15, 2010, 12:11pm

Longshoreman Edward Solis claims he was working aboard a "Marco Polo" unit while being lowered in a "spider cage" when it broke and dropped him into the ocean below.

Seeking more than $2.5 million in damages, Solis filed suit against Anadarko Petroleum, the owner and operator of the Marco Polo, and Redfish Rentals of Orange, owner of the spider cage, on Nov. 15 in Orange County District Court.

Marco Polos are mini tension-leg platforms.

According to the suit, on Oct. 9 Solis was employed by a third party working in a spider cage that was being lowered to paint a leg on the Marco Polo when the top of the cage broke loose and the cage fell.

The suit alleges the defendants failed to inspect and maintain the equipment and provide him with a safe place to work.

Solis is represented by Houston attorney Anthony Buzbee.

Judge Buddy Hahn, 260th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D100720-c

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