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Maritime worker alleges he was struck by swinging personnel basket aboard vessel


By Carrie Bradon | Oct 9, 2019

HOUSTON — A Louisiana maritime worker is suing his employer, alleging he was felled by a large personnel basket aboard a vessel.

Wellington Welch filed a complaint Aug. 29 in the Harris County District Court against Cox Operating LLC, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Welch was working May 28 as a deckhand on the MV Dominic S, an offshore utility vessel. The suit alleges Welch was assisting during a personnel basket transfer and was struck by the basket that was swinging side to side, knocking the plaintiff to the deck.

The plaintiff alleges he sustained severe injuries due to the defendant's failure to provide proper and adequate supervision and failure to properly coordinate the lift.

Welch seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million, court costs, attorney fees, interest and all just relief. He is represented by attorneys Marcus R. Spagnoletti and Eric J. Rhine of Spagnoletti Law Firm in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-61403

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