Rigger falls from basket during transfer between ship and platform, seeks damages

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 19, 2013

GALVESTON - Complaining he was dropped from a personnel basket while working on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico last year, Louisiana resident Keith P. Thompson seeks damages.

A lawsuit filed Oct. 15 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas shows the subject event occurred on a ship belonging to REC Marine Logistics, LLC and caused by an employee of Gulf Crane Services Inc.

Thompson performed as a rigger on behalf of Fab-Con, Inc. aboard the M/V Dip on Oct. 15, 2012, when he was being transferred via the aforementioned basket from the vessel to a platform.

According to recent court documents, the crane operator "imprudently lifted the personnel basket when the boom was not in proper position to make the lift, and slammed the personnel basket into the railing of the deck of the vessel," causing Thompson to fall onto the ship below.

The defendants are blamed for their workers failing to adequately communicate with each other.

Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by attorney Marc Evan Kutner of Spagnoletti & Co. in Houston.

Case No. 3:13-CV-370

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