- Jon Wilander worked for McDermott international as a paint foreman.
- On july 4, 1983, Jon was inspecting a pipe on one such platform when a bolt serving as a plug in the pipe blew out under pressure, striking Wilander in the head.
- At the time Wilander was assigned to the American flag vessel Gates Tide, a paint boat chartered to McDermott.
- Wilander sued McDermott in the US District Court of Louisiana.
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