The law office of Garcia & Karam has successfully settled a lawsuit against industrial uniform giant Cintas Corp. in the death of a laundry worker who fell into an industrial dryer, attorneys have announced.
Mcallen, TX (PRWEB) April 29, 2010 -- The law office of Garcia & Karam has successfully settled a lawsuit against industrial uniform giant Cintas Corp. in the death of a laundry worker who fell into an industrial dryer, attorneys have announced.
The death of Eleazar Torres-Gomez, 46, in 2007, made national headlines as an example of corporate negligence and later sparked Congressional hearings on worker safety. Garcia & Karam negotiated a settlement of the case on behalf of their client, Amalia Diaz Torres, on April 15, for an undisclosed sum.
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Mrs. Torres’ other attorneys are Lino Ochoa, of the Garcia & Karam law firm, McAllen, TX, and Frank Frasier, of Frasier, Frasier and Hickman law firm, of Tulsa.
Mr. Torres, the father or four sons, was killed while working at the Tulsa Cintas plant. He fell into a 300-degree industrial dryer while trying to clear a jam of wet laundry off a moving conveyor belt. Some 20 minutes later a co-worker heard his burned body tumbling around in the dryer and made the discovery.
Mr. Torres’ death sparked a federal investigation of Cintas and prompted U.S. lawmakers to introduce laws for even greater federal oversight of worksite safety. OSHA later fined the company $2.8 million for safety violations at the Tulsa plant and five other locations.
A jury trial had been scheduled to begin Monday, April 19, in U.S. District Court of Northern Oklahoma, Tulsa.
Court filings showed that attorneys for Mrs. Torres were prepared to argue that the company knew about and even encouraged workers to circumvent safety procedures to keep up with production.
Cintas, a publicly held company based in Cincinnati, is North America’s largest uniform supplier. The company had been fighting the release of plant security tapes, taken two weeks prior to Mr. Torres’ death and including Mr. Torres’ death, showing employees routinely on moving conveyors working to clear laundry jams without turning the conveyors off.
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