Widow Sues Owner Of Sugar Refinery Plant


A widow whose husband was killed in a blast at a sugar refinery in February is suing the owner of the plant. The owner of the plant has been accused of negligence, with the lawsuit claiming that he failed to get combustible dust cleaned up, and this then led to the devastating blast that killed the plaintiff’s husband amongst others.

The February blast killed thirty one year old Shelathia Harvey, along with another twelve workers. The lawsuit filed by his wife against Savannah Foods and Industries seeks unspecified damages. Her lawsuit claims that the build up of sugar dust at the plant was so bad that workers’ footprints and handprints could be seen on the floors and walls.

Her lawyer stated: “We think it was negligence that caused my client’s husband to die. Savannah Foods and Industries allowed to exist an unreasonable level of combustible sugar dust, which they knew from their experience was a hazard and would explode given certain conditions.”

Another company has also been named as a defendant. Stokes Contracting, the other defendant in the lawsuit, was hired to clean up the excess sugar dust from the plant.


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