KIMT News 3 - Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of five people after an explosion at McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing on January 11th, but it's not McNeilus being sued.
Paul Dahlberg from Patterson Dahlberg Injury Lawyers in Rochester along with Fred Pritzker of Pritzker Hageman in Minneapolis announced Tuesday they have filed lawsuits against manufacturer Swagelok Company for causing the explosion leading to burn injuries suffered by McNeilus employees Eemou See, Anthony Putratz, Claudia Arevalo Linares, Jose Rodriguez, and Armando Vargas.
In a press release, the firms say the five suffered "severe, permanent injuries" including horrific burns to the face, neck, torso, arms, and fingers, resperatory failure, renal failure, amputation, smoke inhalation, concussion, and PTSD.
The lawsuit alleges the explosion was caused by a defective hose assembly connected to the truck's compressed natural gas system or CNG system. The lawsuit says this failure allowed compressed natural gas to be released into the plant which exploded.
Among the claims against Swagelok include the company negligently designed, manufactured, tested and inspected the hose assembly, allowing the hose to separate from its fitting, releasing natural gas and causing the explosion.
According to their website Swagelok designs, manufactures, and delivers an expanding range of high quality fluid system products.
The lawsuits have been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.