Welder allegedly pinned down by pipe while working on dam project

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 10, 2019

BENTON – A Thompsonville man claims he was injured due to the negligence of a boat operator when he was pinned down by a heavy pipe while working on a dam project in Olmsted.

Lewis Mocaby filed the lawsuit May 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois alleging breach of the duty of care and negligence. The suit was filed against Mocaby's employer Mersino Dewatering Inc., as well as the United States of America, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,  Alberici Constructors Inc., Aecom Field Services LLC, Aecom Inc., Aecom Services of Illinois Inc., Aecom Technical Services inc., Aecom Services Inc., Tishman Construction Corporation of Illinois, Aecom Management Services Inc., Aecom National Security Programs Inc., Aecom USA Inc., Aecom C&E Inc. and Aecom Energy & Construction Inc..

Mocaby was employed by Mersino to weld pipes on board a crane barge for the Olmsted Dam project, the lawsuit states. 

According to the complaint, Macaby was transported to the Triple 9 barge during each day of his employment on the project. On June 3, 2017, Mocaby claims he was on the barge and a worker was rotating a pipe while he was grinding the circumferential coupling weld on the pipe section when a boat operated by Aecom went past the crane barge and the pipe fell, striking Mocaby and pinning him down. The lawsuit states that Mocaby suffered severe injuries as a result of the incident.

The plaintiff is represented by Roy C. Dripps, Charles W. Armbruster and Michael T. Blotevogel of Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel LLC in Maryville.

U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois case No. 3:19-CV-00580

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