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MARSHALL - An oil rig worker has filed a personal injury lawsuit that claims his employer and other companies failed to monitor a well site, which ultimately resulted in an explosion when the rig hit gas pockets.

Victor Boyd filed suit against Enerplus Resources (USA) Corp., Pason Systems USA Corp., Bos Solutions Inc., M-I doing business as M-I Drilling Fluids doing business as M-I Swaco and Halliburton Energy Services Inc. on March 30 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The incident occurred on Sept. 8, 2011, as Boyd was working on a well near Watford City, N.D. Due to encountering gas pockets while the rig was drilling, an explosion occurred in which Boyd suffered severe burns.

Defendant Enerplus Resources Corp. is accused of negligence for:

  • Failing to provide a safe work environment;
  • Failing to protect Boyd from work-related hazards;
  • Failing to properly train its employees;
  • Failing to implement appropriate safety policies;
  • Improperly securing the hose/work environment, improperly exercising control over a situation that it knew or should have known presented a danger;
  • Improperly installing, monitoring and maintaining equipment on the well site;
  • Improperly supervising the drilling of the subject well; and
  • Failing to ensure that all equipment was operational.

    Defendant Pason Systems USA Corp., Bos Solutions, M-I Swaco and Halliburton are accused of negligence for:
  • Failing to provide a safe work environment;
  • Failing to protect Boyd from work-related hazards;
  • Failing to properly train its employees, and for failing to implement appropriate safety policies, and
  • Improperly installing, monitoring or performing operations on the well site.

    The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of damages for physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment and disability, medical expenses, exemplary damages, interest and court costs.

    Boyd is represented by Garrett W. Wilson and Douglas C. Monsour of The Monsour Law Firm in in Longview.

    A jury trial is requested.

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is assigned to the case.

    Case No. 2:12-cv-00169

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