RIVES, Circuit Judge.
This appeal is from a summary judgment for the defendant in a personal injury action by William Massey against Rowan Drilling Co. Massey was employed as a welder by Gulf Oil Field Service Company (Gulf), an independent contractor, which had contracted with Rowan Drilling Co. (Rowan) to perform certain manufacturing and oil field equipment repairs for Rowan. Massey was sent by Gulf to perform repair work on a high drum chain guard on the draw work located on Rowan's Rig No. 32 located in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. In the course of performing the repairs, Massey slipped on a greasy floor and sustained injuries. Massey instituted this tort action against Rowan alleging that his injuries had resulted from the negligence of Rowan and its employees. Massey had previously collected Louisiana workmen's compensation benefits from Gulf, his employer. Rowan filed a motion for summary judgment on the ground that under Louisiana law Massey's sole remedy was under the Louisiana Workmen's Compensation Act, and the district court sustained this motion.
The decision turns on two Louisiana statutes,
Massey relies on several decisions to the effect that a principal may be liable in tort for negligent injury to the employee of an independent contractor
Many Louisiana cases have considered repair and maintenance work similar to the type involved in this appeal. In Stansbury v. Magnolia Petroleum Co., 91 So.2d 917 (La.Ct.App.1957), the employee of an independent contractor sustained injuries while performing welding repairs on an oil derrick owned by the defendant petroleum company. In ruling that his sole remedy was under the compensation statute, the court concluded:
91 So.2d at 919. In Goodwin v. United States Rubber Co., 186 So.2d 356 (La.Ct. App.1966), the employee of an independent contractor was injured while performing "special maintenance work" on a tank owned by the defendant rubber company which contained caustic acid. In sustaining a summary judgment for the rubber company that the plaintiff had no cause of action in tort against it, the court at page 358 stated:
In Dandridge v. Fidelity & Cas. Co., 192 So. 887 (La.Ct.App.1939), plaintiff's decedent, a welder, met his death while repairing a leak in a boiler to be used in oil well drilling operations. In ruling that such activity was within the trade, business or occupation of the petroleum company, the court at page 891 reasoned:
The Louisiana court in Shird v. Maricle, 156 So.2d 476, at pp. 478-479 (La.Ct. App.1963), stated that
We agree with the district court that Massey's sole remedy was under the Louisiana Workmen's Compensation Act. The judgment is therefore