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Wrongful death suit filed against Moss Point plant

GULFPORT — An Omega Protein employee, who had been trying to unionize workers because of what he perceived as an unsafe work environment at the Moss Point plant, was dragged into a conveyer in April 2012 and bled to death, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the man’s mother.

Cynthia Hebert is suing Omega Protein, ACE American Insurance Co. and ESIS Inc. seeking compensatory and punitive damages for wrongful death, pain and suffering, negligence and breach of contract in the death of her son Christopher Allen Hebert. David Harris Jr. of Corban Gunn Van Cleave Law Firm in Biloxi is representing her.

Christopher Hebert died April 9, 2012, at Omega Protein’s Moss Point fish-processing plant on Elder Ferry Road, which produces omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish-meal products. He had worked at the plant about three years. In the years leading up to his death, the suit alleges, his attempts to unionize employees were met with “harsh resistance” from management.

In the suit, his mother claims Omega “engaged in intentional conduct designed to bring about injury, or death, to Christopher.”

No action on reports

Christopher Hebert worked in the maintenance department and reported to supervisors what he believed to be unsafe and dangerous working conditions, but management took no action, the suit says.

Shortly after arriving at work April 9, 2012, he was directed by a supervisor to “weld the seams of a newly installed hopper that released fish products into a single screw conveyor at its base.” The supervisor also assigned a safety watchperson.

“This new ‘safety’ watchperson was not the same watchperson Christopher partnered with normally,” the complaint says. “At the time Christopher began his work, the single screw conveyor equipment remained energized [...]

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Settlement reached in wrongful-death suit involving Moss Point man impaled at … – (blog)

Mobile, Alabama — As a jury labored into its second day of deliberations this afternoon, attorneys agreed to settle a lawsuit involving the gruesome death of a Moss Point, Mississippi, man.
Lawyers declined to reveal the terms of the confidential settlement.
Relatives of Roosevelt Jones had alleged that a gate at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds was defective, killing him in 2006 as he was preparing to leave the parking lot after attending the annual Spring Fling blues festival. According to testimony at the civil trial, the arm of the gate swung loose, crashed through the windshield and impaled Jones through the head.
An attorney for the fairgrounds, a project of the Moblie Jaycees, argued that Jones caused his own death by knocking into the gate. Attorney Mark Newell offered evidence that Jones had been drinking that day and had a blood-alcohol content of .10, above the legal limit in Alabama.
The jury deliberated for about an hour Tuesday and most of today. Jurors at one point asked Mobile County Circuit Judge Rick Stout to explain to them again the concept of “contributory negligence,” which means that a jury is supposed to rule in favor of the defense in a wrongful-death suit if it determines that the victim was partially responsible for the accident.
It was the second time the case had gone to trial, after the first story deadlocked in February.
“Of course, we don’t know what is going on in that room, but I think that both sides felt like there might be a hung jury again,” said Ian Baker, an attorney for the plaintiff.
Although jurors had not indicated that they had reached an impasse, Newell said he believed it might [...]

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