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Paint Plant Explosion

Milwaukee, WI: (Nov-28-07) Thomas Schissel of Racine brought a lawsuit against PPG Industries, an Oak Creek paint factory, after he was severely burned in an explosion at the plant on March 2, 2004. The suit claimed that Schissel was adding a chemical with a flour-like consistency from a plastic bag into a tank containing paint being mixed when the explosion occurred. Sources claimed that both sides in the trial had agreed before the trial began that the plastic bag containing the chemical Eversorb was not anti-static, that is, the bag was not able to prevent static electricity from forming. When PPG had allegedly begun buying the product in 2003, officials were concerned about the bags and sought reassurance that they were anti-static as claimed. The salesman for the defendant, Everlight USA, which makes Eversorb, sent PPG an email saying he had checked with the Taiwan manufacturer and was assured of the safety claim. When the explosion took place, Schissel was knocked back, and his flame-retardant pants and shirt ignited. As part of a settlement reached, PPG Industries agreed to pay Schissel $900,000 to resolve the personal injury lawsuit. [JOURNAL SENTINEL: PAINT PLANT EXPLOSION]

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Published on Nov-30-07


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