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December 11, 2017

12/7/2017 11:22:00 AM
Lawsuit filed against hose manufacturer

By Tara Lindquist

A law suit against hose manufacturer Swagelok Company has been filed in connection with the explosion at McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing on January 11, 2017. Eemou See, Anthony Putratz, Claudia Arevalo Linares, Jose Rodriguez and Armando Vargas were all injured in the explosion.

Attorney Paul Dahlberg who is representing Putratz, Linares, Rodriguez and Vargas said the five injured in the explosion suffered severe permanent injuries as the result of the explosion.

The blast was allegedly caused by a failure in a Swagelok manufactured hose connected to the truck's compressed natural gas system. The failure allowed compressed natural gas to be released into the plant and the gas ultimately exploded, causing injuries to the plaintiffs in the case.

See is being represented by Fred Pritzker of Pritzker Hageman in Minneapolis.

Dahlberg said among the injuries suffered by various plaintiffs were horrific burns to the face, neck, torso, arms and fingers, respiratory failure, renal failure, amputation, smoke inhalation, concussion and PTSD. See and Putratz suffered burns over roughly half of their bodies, required multiple surgeries and hospitalization and caused permanent disfigurement and emotional trauma.

The plaintiffs allege that a defective hose assembly caused the explosion in the truck's compressed natural gas system. They claim that Swagelok negligently designed, manufactured, tested and inspected the hose assembly, allowing the hose to separate from its fitting releasing natural gas and causing the explosion.

Swagelok is headquartered in Ohio and has revenue in excess of $2 billion. It assembles, markets, distributes and sells hoses and fittings used across the United States.

The lawsuits have been filed in the United State District Court for the District of Minnesota.




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