Baton Rouge, Louisiana – A man from Baton Rouge is suing a number of Louisiana manufacturing companies and a local corporation, claiming that the defendants exposed him to toxic fibers of asbestos.
The case was filed by Melvin Toups against Anco Insulations, Ethyl Corporation, Georgia Pacific, McCarty Corp, Reilly Benton, Union Carbide Corp, and Taylor-Seindenbach on 19th November in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.
The plaintiff claims that the asbestos material to which he was exposed while working at Ethyl Corp caused him to develop deadly lung cancer.
Toups states that he was negligently exposed to asbestos from 1950 till the 1970s while working as an operator, construction contractor and boiler tender.
The defendants named in the suit have engaged in mining, processing, producing, installing, maintaining, selling, using and/or distributing asbestos or products containing asbestos or machinery requiring asbestos, the suit alleges.
Toups says the defendants exposed him to asbestos fibers and caused him to breath in asbestos fibers on innumerous occasions.
The defendant companies allegedly failed to adequately and promptly warn Toups regarding the hazards of asbestos exposure, failed to provide him with info about sufficient and safe wearing equipment and adequate protective devices and appliances, failed to take sensible precautionary measures or exercise enough care to establish a good safety plan to handle and install asbestos, failed to develop and use a material for eliminating asbestos fibers present in the products, failed to adequately design and make asbestos, failed to sufficiently test products, and failed to remove or recall asbestos products from market.
The employers, their directors and executive officers failed to ensure and provide a safe working atmosphere for the employees; failed to inspect and oversee the plaintiff’s work; failed to make a proper decision on requirements of any respiratory protection equipment; failed to provide proper warnings, safety equipment, breathing and ventilation apparatus; failed to train the employees properly; and failed to abide by applicable federal and state regulations concerning workplace exposure to asbestos. The plaintiff accuse Ethyl Corp of failing to reveal, or warn vital safety and medical info about asbestos; failing to promptly eliminate asbestos from work place; failing to adequately monitor or supervise work areas to ensure compliance with state and federal safety regulations; and failing to ensure safety by minimizing the amount of toxic asbestos dust and fibers in the air.
Toups is seeking unspecified compensation for all his pain and sufferings.