Spagnoletti Law Firm recently filed suit on behalf of a worker who was injured while performing work as a rigger. The worker was injured during crane operations when removing pipe casings from a barge located in Chet Morrison’s yard. During the lift, the operator swung the load too quickly, and Plaintiff was injured as a result. Now, he requires substantial medical treatment through no fault of his own. The lawsuit brings claims against Chet Morrison Contractors, LLC arising out of the incident. The lawsuit alleges that the company was negligent in:
(a) failing to provide proper and adequate supervision of the lift;
(b) failing to properly coordinate the lift;
(c) failing to take reasonable precautions for Plaintiff’s safety;
(d) failing to maintain adequate communication with the crane operator;
(e) failing to exercise stop work authority;
(f) failing to perform adequate safety meetings and analyses to identify and minimize the risk to Plaintiff and others;
(g) failing to assess conditions prior to beginning the lift;
(h) failing to have enough personnel to safely perform the lift; and,
(i) failing to provide Plaintiff with a reasonably safe place to work, including failing to provide proper equipment and sufficient crew;
(j) violating applicable Coast Guard, OSHA, and/or other regulations;
(k) allowing an incompetent and reckless crane operator to operate the crane.
It goes without saying that any time crane operations are underway, it requires every party to perform their job as safely as possible. Safe maritime and offshore companies must exercise precaution to ensure that injuries do not occur during a crane lift. Considerations also have to be made for the weather conditions. Safe operators must ensure that everyone involved: captains, riggers, the crane operator, and all signalmen, understand every step of the lift to be performed, so that it may be accomplished in a safe manner. When companies fail to do this, catastrophic injuries can result.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in maritime personal injury litigation and the skills needed to represent seamen who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another party. Spagnoletti Law Firm has lawyers admitted to practice in Texas, Florida and New York, and has handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country. The firm has filed and litigated numerous lawsuits against Chet Morrison arising out of vessel accidents.
The experienced maritime attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you were injured during crane operations. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to vessel accidents, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.