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Recycling center employees file lawsuit over 2015 chlorine gas leak

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018

Fairchild Air Force Base and fire department personnel gather on the scene of a chlorine gas leak, Aug. 12, 2015, at Pacific Steel and Recycling in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Fairchild Air Force Base and fire department personnel gather on the scene of a chlorine gas leak, Aug. 12, 2015, at Pacific Steel and Recycling in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

A lawsuit has been filed by three former employees of Pacific Steel and Recycling who suffered injuries after an improperly labeled chlorine gas container was delivered to the recycling center in August 2015.

The lawsuit, filed July 27, follows similar action by another former Pacific Steel and Recycling employee last year.

The gas container, which was not properly labeled, was punctured and left several employees hospitalized with lung and respiratory injuries. One of those employees, Edward Dumaw, later died from his injuries.

The plaintiffs, Theodore Lister, Dale Randal Hill and Jack Stegall Jr., allege the defendants failed to exercise necessary precautions to warn of the container’s contents, as well as in handling, transporting and disposing of the chlorine gas.

The lawsuit names Northwest Equipment Auction Inc., also known as Reinland Auctioneers, and its owners Thomas and Kunya Reinland; Ibex Construction Inc., its owners Tim and Roberta Jackson; Gordon Beck, the driver who delivered the chlorine to the recycling facility, his wife and other John Doe entities or individuals.

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