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Towboat captain sues after allegedly tripping over bucket on barge

State Court

By Carrie Bradon | Sep 11, 2019

Allegheny

PITTSBURGH – A Cranberry Township man is suing his employer over injuries he sustained while working on a derrick barge.

John Pushak III filed a complaint in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against Marion Hill Associates Inc. alleging Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the defendant as a captain on one of its towboats. The plaintiff alleges on Dec. 4, 2018, he was carrying sheet metal on a derrick barge and tripped over a bucket that had been left on a vessel's dock and fell. He alleges a piece of sheet metal sliced into his right knee, causing skin and tendon damage. He alleges he broke his left foot and had to undergo knee surgery.

The plaintiff is seeking actual damages, interest, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Frederick B. Goldsmith of Goldsmith & Ogrodowski LLC in Pittsburgh.

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