Christopher Eldridge of Mobile, Alabama, an seaman, alleges he was injured during BP oil spill response work by exposure to dispersants and by being shocked by an ungrounded compressor, according to court documents.
Court records show that Eldridge filed suit Aug. 18 in Galveston County, Texas, against Eldridge’s employer, Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services Inc., and the M/V Skandi Neptune’s operators, BP and Subsea 7 LLC.
Eldridge claims that he and his co-workers were not prepared on April 23 to handle the petroleum chemicals that washed over the ship’s deck, nor were they provided with necessary protective equipment.
Defendants BP and Offshore also did not warn the seamen about any underlying health risks associated with oil exposure, the suit says.
The petition states that Eldridge encountered harm again on the M/V Skandi Neptune on May 11, when he came into contact with the compressor and a massive electrical current passed through his body.
The plaintiff argues both incidents harmed his throat, lungs, internal organs, and central nervous systems.
The case has been assigned to Galveston County Court No. 1 Judge Mary Nell Crapitto and a status conference for the case has been set for Dec. 16.
See court document here: http://blog.al.com/live/2010/08/mobile_seaman_claims_he_was_si.html