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Worker alleges Houston energy company's negligence led to fall from 20-foot riser


By Carrie Bradon | Jun 26, 2019

HOUSTON — A Nueces County man is suing a Houston energy company, alleging he was injured when he fell from a 20-foot riser on an offshore oil rig due to incorrectly secured guardrails.

Robert Robertson filed a complaint June 4 in Harris County District Court against FSW Oilfield Rentals LLC, Dupre Energy Services LLC and Sable Resources LLC, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Robertson was a consultant on Patterson rig 207 on April 3, 2018. The plaintiff said he was working on a riser that was 20 feet above the ground that was meant to be used with guardrails. The guardrails on the riser, however, allegedly were not installed with metal pins but with weaker plastic zip ties. 

The plaintiff said he tripped on an uneven surface and tried to grab the guardrail, but the guardrail gave way and he fell 20 feet to the surface. The suit alleges he suffered catastrophic injuries, leading to pain and suffering, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement, lost wages and medical expenses.

Robertson seeks monetary relief in excess of $1 million, trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, interest and all other just relief. He is represented by attorneys David E. Harris and Louie J. Cook of Sico Hoelscher Harris LLP in Corpus Christi.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-38208

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