Employee alleges fleet operator's negligence led to fall on barge

By Carrie Bradon | May 30, 2019

GALVESTON — A Louisiana man is suing a fleet operator, alleging leftover oil caused his fall and injuries aboard a barge.

Lance Folse filed a complaint May 28 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Candy Fleet LLC, alleging negligence and unseaworthiness.

According to the complaint, Folse was assisting with the rigging of the Candy Store during a salvage operation Oct. 19, 2018. The suit alleges Folse was injured when he slipped on oil that had been left on the deck of a barge, resulting in injuries to his body, disfigurement, mental anguish and lost wages. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to provide adequate equipment and a reasonably safe place to work.

Folse seeks monetary relief up to $5 million, trial by jury, and all other appropriate relief. He is represented by attorney Eric J. Rhine of the Spagnoletti Law Firm in Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 3:19-CV-00177

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