Worker sues after having crane load dumped on top of him

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 7, 2012, 3:57am


GALVESTON - Oklahoma resident Joseph Molander claims he suffered injuries while working aboard a vessel off the waters of Galveston County last year, recent court documents say.

According to a lawsuit filed July 25 against McMoRan Exploration Co. and Gulf Crane Services in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1, Molander was assigned to the High Island 561 on June 8, 2011, when "he was knocked unconscious when a crane operator dropped a load onto him and/or improperly moved a load into him."

The complainant states the incident left him with broken teeth; severe neck, back injuries; and a concussion.

Molander adds the "defendants were subjectively aware of the extreme risk posed by the conditions which caused (his) injury, but did nothing to rectify them."

"Instead, the defendants had the plaintiff and other crew members continue working despite the dangerous conditions that were posed to them," the original petition says.

It faults the respondents for:

  • Failing train their employees;
  • Failing to inspect, maintain and repair equipment;
  • Failing to maintain a safe work environment;
  • Failing to provide appropriate medical attention; and
  • Failing to warn the plaintiff of dangers hidden aboard the High Island 561.

    A jury trial is requested.

    Attorney Kurt B. Arnold with Arnold & Itkin LLP in Houston is representing Molander, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 Judge John Grady is presiding over the case.

    Cause No. 67,931

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