Welder sues Nestle Purina over burn injuries after dust explosion

Andre Buschmann, welding supervisor for Arizona Equipment Fabrication, filed a lawsuit against pet food company Nestle Purina PetCare over severe burn injuries he suffered after a September 2014 dust explosion at the company’s manufacturing company in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Because of the incident, Buschmann sustained third-degree burns to his face, head, neck, ears, and back. He also incurred bruising, hearing loss, and dangerous smoke inhalation during the explosion and is plagued by post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), dust explosions frequently occur in industrial settings. The agency said under the right conditions materials that could produce an explosive environment include lots of dust, compact spaces, oxygen, and an ignition source. Buschmann said an investigation made by the Arizona Division of OSHA revealed that Nestle Purina did not secure the elevators before he and the other welders started working on the area. The federal agency fined Nestle Purina $5,000 for the issue.

Buschmann’s wife, Joy, is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit, with the lawsuit claiming, “Joy Buschmann has been deprived of the support, services, love, companionship, solace, and affection of her husband by reason of the nature of her husband’s injuries.”

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