John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Apr. 4, 2013, 1:00pm

GALVESTON - A Louisiana man claims he was struck by a hose last year while working on a platform belonging to the ExxonMobil Corp. and has filed a lawsuit.

Recent court papers filed March 27 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas show Douglas L. Bienvenu reportedly hurt himself as he tried to inspect a tank on the defendant's Hoover Diana platform off the waters of Galveston.

Bienvenu worked as a solid control technician for National Oilwell Varco LP assigned to the platform at the time of the March 27, 2012, incident that is the focus of the litigation.

He says the lid on the tank had a defective gasket which required replacement as well as the removal of the hose attached to said lid.

According to the suit, the plaintiff removed the hose, and as he got down getting a flashlight to illuminate the inside of the tank, the hose fell and hit his neck and back.

The original petition asserts Bienvenu did nothing to bring forth the accident, additionally alleging the respondent failed to provide him adequate assistance with the task.

Consequently, the complainant seeks more than $75,000 in damages and a jury trial.

Attorney Francis I. Spagnoletti of Spagnoletti & Co. in Houston is representing him.

Case No. 3:13-CV-0089

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