John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Nov. 16, 2012, 1:00pm

GALVESTON - After he allegedly hurt his back while working aboard a vessel belonging to BP, Louisiana resident Anthony Christian has filed a lawsuit.

Recent court documents submitted Nov. 14 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 show Christian sustained the injury in question on the BP Holstein last March 20.

Christian was assigned to the ship for approximately eight months prior to the subject incident and "his assignment was to be permanent and to last indefinitely aboard the defendants' vessels."

According to the suit, BP instructed the plaintiff and his crew to move hoses from the firewall to baskets, but the job "was rushed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration permit related to the job was set to expire."

"The plaintiff was injured because the defendants rushed the job and because the defendants failed to provide the adequate manpower to safely complete the task," the original petition says.

It blames the respondent for:

  • Failing to properly supervise their crews;

  • Failing to properly train their employees;

  • Failing to provide an adequate crew;

  • Failing to provide a safe work environment; and

  • Failing to protect crew members from unnecessary risks.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Caroline Montano with Arnold & Itkin LLP in Houston is representing the complainant, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Christopher Dupuy is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 68,742

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