Claiming he was crushed by 450 pounds of pipe while offshore, seaman Travis Dickinsheets, an Alvin resident, has filed suit against Gulf Copper Ship Repair and Gulf Copper & Manufacturing.

The suit was filed Feb. 17 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Oct. 28, 2010, Dickinsheets was serving aboard a Gulf Copper offshore vessel when 450 pounds of pipe fell on him, causing serious and disabling injuries.

Dickinsheets alleges Gulf Copper controlled the area and negligently failed to provide him with a safe workplace.

He is suing for punitive and exemplary damages.

Houston attorney Brian Beckcom of Vujasinovic & Beckcom represents him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E191-976

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