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Supreme Court to hear case of worker killed offshore

Posted on 28 February 2011 by admin

Feb. 22, 2011

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether an employee must be injured on the outer continental shelf to be eligible for workers compensation benefits under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

The case, Pacific Operators Offshore L.L.P. vs. Luisa L. Valladolid et al., stems from a May 13, 2010, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling involving the widow of worker Juan Valladolid.

Mr. Valladolid spent 98% of his work time as a roustabout on an offshore drilling platform about three miles off the coast of California. But he was crushed and killed by a forklift while working at a separate facility about 250 feet from shore.

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