Collier v. Ingram Barge Co

[B]Date Decided[/B]: unknown
[B]Decided By[/B]: Kentucky Western District Court (federal)
[B]Court[/B]: U.S.D.C. W.D. of Kentucky
[B]Citation[/B]: Collier v. Ingram Barge Co., 2010 WL 145108 (W.D. KY 2010)
David Collier alleges that he qualifies as a seaman underthe employment of Ingram Barge Company. Collier began working as a tankerman for Ingram on July 26, 2006 andwould work 12 hour shift work, 10 days on and 10 days off while sleeping at hishome on shore every night. Hisresponsibilities included servicing Ingram’s line boats by providing them withfuel , lubricants, water, removing trash and slop oil. He provided these services from Ingram’sfuel flats. The process involved avessel tying off to the flat and then Collier would hand the appropriate linesto the line boat’s engineer to attach to the appropriate valves. After completion of the task the lines wouldbe passed back. Collier filed suit afterallegedly suffering an injury on January 18, 2007 and filed suit on March 6,2008. Now, Ingram seeks a summaryjudgment on the grounds that Collier cannot recover under the Jones Act or thegeneral maritime law for unseaworthiness because he does not qualify as aseaman and the Longshoreman and Harbor’s Worker Act does not recognize employer negligence. Read More…