Woman sues oyster company over man's electrocution

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 13, 2011, 9:47am

GALVESTON � Harris County resident Maria Alba Bocanegra and her daughter are suing Misho's Oyster Inc. in response to the 2003 death of Jose Osornio, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed June 1 in Galveston County District Court claims the Orsornio was fatally electrocuted while working for Misho on Aug. 21, 2003.

According to the original petition, Osornio was part of a crew unloading oysters from a conveyor belt at a process plant in Galveston when the alleged incident occurred.

"As he got off the boat, he walked towards the electrical switch to turn on the conveyor belt," the suit says. "As he turned on the switch, he immediately started to shake."

The suit states an emergency crew's attempts to revive Orsornio were unsuccessful. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival at 5:50 p.m. the same day.

"According to the death certificate, Mr. Osornio's cause of death was electrocution," the suit states. "There were no other causes."

It alleges Michael Ivie, the company's current director and part owner, knew about the conveyor belt's supposed malfunction, but "neglected to take care of the problem."

Consequently, the plaintiffs seek unspecified monetary damages.

They are represented by attorney Jorge M. Flores of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox.

Case No. 11-cv-875

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