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Worker claims negligence led to marine construction injury

By Stephen Betts | Jan 07, 2021

Rockland — A lawsuit has been filed in federal court by a Jefferson man who claims a Rockland marine company was negligent in its maintenance and operation of a vessel, leading to a permanent injury.

The lawsuit was filed Dec. 29 in U.S. District Court of Portland on behalf of Joshua Bechard of Jefferson against Prock Marine Company of Rockland.

The lawsuit states that Bechard suffered a permanent incapacitation of his dominant right hand and arm as the result of the incident which occurred Nov. 5, 2019.

According to the lawsuit, the barge he was on was hauling 700 cubic yards of sand from Rockland to Vinalhaven for a marine construction project. The seas were rough and a trip that generally takes less than three hours, took twice as long.

The harbor on the island was congested but the vessel continued to try to make it to shore, the lawsuit alleges, requiring workers to use their feet to push fishing boats away from the barge to avoid collisions.

Later, Bechard's arm got caught between the barge and tug boat.

He is represented by attorney Dov Sacks of Lewiston. A specific amount of damage was not listed in the lawsuit.

Prock has not filed a response to the lawsuit.


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