Dredge Worker Sues for Injuries Suffered in Corpus Christi Explosion

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 4, 2020

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A lawsuit has been filed in Nueces County, Texas on behalf of a worker who was injured and burned in an explosion and fire that occurred while he was working on the dredge Waymon L. Boyd in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel last month.

The dredge worker, Jose Cantu, is among six crew members who were hospitalized after the dredge struck a gas pipeline, causing the vessel to catch fire and sink. Another four personnel on the vessel died.

The lawsuit alleges that the dredge owner Orion Marine Group and pipeline owner Epic Midstream “failed to adequately plan the job, identify the pipeline in question, and warn the crew of the Waymon L. Boyd about the pipeline in question.”

In addition, the suit claims the “Waymon L. Boyd was unseaworthy because it was not adequately maintained, was not adequately equipped with the proper equipment to perform the dredging work safely and was not adequately crewed.”

“This type of maritime disaster should never have happened,” said Attorney Kurt Arnold of the Houston law firm Arnold & Itkin, who represents Cantu and his family. “There’s no excuse for it.”

The lawsuit says the incident caused Cantu to sustain severe burns, orthopedic injuries, head injuries, cognitive injuries, physical pain, mental anguish, emotional distress and other medical problems, and that his family has also suffered as a result.

“We are determined to discover the full truth of why this happened and ensure that the companies accept full responsibility for the severity of the consequences,” Arnold said. “The defendants need to do the right thing to take care of these workers and their families. We’re committed to making sure a disaster like this never happens again.”

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