Health & Safety, OSHA, Regulations & Compliance, Work Hazards

Wrongful Death Suit Filed against Hog Farm in Eyota

From PostBulletin.com, Matt Russell, The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN, 20 Apr 2011.

A hog farm in Eyota is facing a wrongful death lawsuit in Olmsted County District Court after a worker died last year due to alleged methane gas poisoning.

Schoenfelder Farms is the defendant in the lawsuit filed April 4 by Yesenia Tolentino Sevilla. She is the widow of Carlos Ramierez-Perez, whom the complaint alleges died on Feb. 17, 2010, because Schoenfelder Farms did not take reasonable care to leave fans on so that methane gas could clear out of the barn he was cleaning.

Schoenfelder Farms could not be reached for comment.

The Eyota Fire Department took air quality samples of the hog barn on the day of Ramirez-Perez’s death and determined there was a high level of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide in the barn, the complaint alleges.

On June 22, 2010, OSHA issued correction orders and fines to Schoenfelder Farms for not operating the barn in compliance with OSHA regulations, according to the complaint.

Sevilla is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

Source: PostBulletin.com, “Wrongful death suit filed against hog farm in Eyota” by Matt Russell, The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN, 20 Apr 2011.

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