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Oil rig worker alleges employer negligently maintained vessel


By Carrie Bradon | Oct 9, 2019

HOUSTON — An oil rig worker is suing his employers, alleging he was injured due to their negligent maintenance of a vessel.

Leon Gordon of Louisiana filed a complaint Sept. 4 in Harris County District Court against Oceanwide Texas Inc., and Chet Morrison Contractors LLC, alleging negligence and gross negligence.

According to the complaint, Gordon was employed by Oceanwide Texas as a rigger July 21. The plaintiff alleges he was instructed by a Chet Morrison employee to climb down a ladder and fill up a gas tank in windy conditions. As Gordon was going down the ladder, the suit states, he slipped and fell to the bottom of the tank, suffering in pain for hours until he could be treated.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants' gross negligence in maintaining the safety of the vessel led to Gordon sustaining pain and suffering, mental anguish and medical expenses.

Gordon seeks more than $1 million, attorney fees, court costs, 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 2019-62967

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