Robbie Hargett Nov. 12, 2015, 1:44pm


A Texas longshoreman is suing the owners of a vessel, alleging negligence for injuries he said he suffered.

Ian Boyd filed a lawsuit Nov. 6 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against CFL Shipmanagement and CFL Martini & Others, alleging negligence.

On Oct. 20, 2013, the suit states, Boyd was working as a longshoreman for Gulf Stream Marine on the M/V Industrial Maya, owned by the defendants, discharging cargo. As Boyd and the other crew members were discharging the cargo, one of the crew began operating a crane and swung a spreader bar over the dock where Boyd was standing, the suit says.

When the crane operator lowered the spreader bar, the suit states, Boyd tried to move but could not avoid the quickly descending bar, which slammed on the dock and struck Boyd's left leg and ankle, causing compound fractures to his ankle.

The suit alleges the defendants were negligent in failing to properly train and supervise a competent crew, failing to maintain equipment in a reasonably safe condition, failing to warn of harm, and other negligent acts or omissions.

As a result, the lawsuit states the plaintiff sustained said injuries, physical disability, pain and suffering, loss of earnings and earning capacity, disfigurement and impairment, and medical expenses.

Boyd seeks more than $75,000, plus interests and court costs. He is represented by attorneys Brenton J. Allison and Douglas T. Gilman of Gilman Allison in Pearland, and by attorney Tobias A. Cole of Midani & Cole in Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 3:15-cv-00316.

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