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La. man hurts back moving valves, seeks restitution

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 7, 2013

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GALVESTON - Following an apparent back injury he sustained while moving valves on a vessel a few months ago, Louisiana resident Donald Broussard has filed a lawsuit.

Recent court documents filed Oct. 3 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas claim that ENI US Operating Co. Inc. is responsible for the event in question last June 29.

Broussard, who is employed by Wood Group, was assigned to work aboard the ENI EW 921A-Morpeth East.

He says James Guildy, a supervisor with the respondent, tasked him with moving the aforementioned valves.

"Despite the valves weighing over 50 lbs., Guildy instructed the plaintiff to physically move them on his own without either mechanical or manual assistance from another individual," the original petition says.

"Consequently, the plaintiff injured his lower back."

Broussard further mentions he "has already undergone emergency low back surgery, and his doctor is recommending yet another corrective low back surgery."

ENI is faulted for:

  • Failing to train their employees;

  • Failing to inspect, maintain and repair equipment;

  • Failing to maintain a safe work environment;

  • Failing to provide appropriate medical attention;

  • Failing to warn the plaintiff of dangers hidden aboard the EW 921A-Morpeth East; and

  • Vicarious liability for its employee's negligent operation of the crane.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Kurt B. Arnold of Arnold & Itkin LLP in Houston is representing Broussard.

Case No. 3:13-CV-349

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