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Chicago, IL: (Mar-02-08) Refugio Martinez and Gladys Trujillo brought a personal injury negligence lawsuit against Sand Spring Metal Processing Corp., an Illinois Corporation, Amos Liquidators, Inc., Amos Iron Recycling Corp., Par Industrial Corp., and John Pizzuto, after Martinez was burned as a result of alleged negligence which created an unsafe work site. The suit stated that Martinez was burned on May 3, 2002, while working at a Joliet job site. Martinez had been required to repair a leaking fuel line by one of the defendants. During the repair process, fuel leaked onto his pants. Following that incident, while Martinez was loading steel scrap at the site, a piece of steel became caught on his pants. A spark from the torch he used to cut free from the steel ignited the fuel on his pants from the earlier repair resulting in burns to his lower body. The suit accused the defendants of failing to maintain a safe work site for its subcontractors and in failing to provide personal protective clothing, personal protective equipment, and fire fighting equipment.

Legal counsel for the plaintiffs claimed that Martinez was a hard working, dedicated family man who sustained severe and permanent burn injuries as a result of being required to perform work in a very unsafe environment. His injuries directly effected his ability to support his family. As part of a settlement reached, the defendants reached a $2.5 million personal injury negligence settlement in Cook County, resolving the lawsuit. The settlement will provide Martinez with the means to take care of his family and future medical care needs. [HERALD NEWS: BURNED WORKER]

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Published on Mar-3-08


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While working at STAPLES an individual entered the store after the closing hours and demanded service. I informed him that the store was close. The individual then became insulting and violent attempting to grab me. I knocked his hand away and he threatened me by exposing a holstered gun. The Police were called and statements were taken I have not returned to work since.


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