Oil rig hostage sues former employer
Lawsuit for not being protected in unsafe workplace.
A Newfoundlander who was taken hostage on an oil rig off Nigeria in 2010 is suing his former employer, on grounds that he and other workers should have been better protected from the militants who kidnapped them.
Robert Croke and others were taken hostage at gunpoint in November 2010 after militants boarded the rig where they had been working.
The lawsuit argues that Croke was put at risk because PPI and Transocean did not do enough to protect him.
“We’re alleging that his employer did not give him a safe place to work,” said his lawyer, Mr Young.
“Certainly, allowing militant groups to board an oil rig makes the rig very unsafe and dangerous for the employees on there.”
Young said the militants appeared to have gained access by climbing a ladder that was not secure.