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Platform explosions injured La. man, according to lawsuit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Nov 6, 2013

GALVESTON - A Louisiana man brought a lawsuit against several companies after a series of explosions on an oil production platform last year.

Alleging said explosions injured him on Nov. 16, 2012, Renato Dominguez sued Black Elk, Wood Group, Compass Engineering & Consultants, Shamrock and Enviro-Tech in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 last month.

The litigation was transferred to the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas on Nov. 4.

Court papers show the incident in question took place on the defendants' Black Elk West Delta 32E oil production platform.

According to the suit, Dominguez sustained "severe burns and injuries to other parts of his body."

He faults the respondents for:

  • Failing to properly supervise their crew;

  • Failing to properly train their employees;

  • Failing to provide adequate safety equipment;

  • Failing to provide adequate medical treatment;

  • Failing to provide a safe work environment;

  • Failing to inspect the platform and/or equipment;

  • Operating with an inadequate crew; and

  • Failing to maintain the platform and/or equipment.

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

Attorney Jason A. Itkin of Arnold & Itkin LLP in Houston is representing Dominguez.

Case No. 3:13-CV-400

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