ARAB, AL (WAFF) - The family of a construction worker who died in an industrial accident in Marshall County has now filed a wrongful death suit. Deidra Lee, the mother of Aaron Lee, who died in the accident, is now seeking unspecified financial damages against Umicore.
Attorneys filed the suit on Tuesday. The bottom line is they claim Umicore was negligent. The accident happened on Sept. 25.
First responders arrived to the facility to find a tank had exploded. Lee had been working on the tank using welding or torch cutting tools.
In the suit, attorneys say Lee was a business invitee to the facility hired to perform welding services. The suit claims Umicore negligently failed to empty or clean the chemical tank of unsafe and flammable chemicals, that they failed to test for the presence of unsafe or flammable chemicals, and that they failed to implement policies and procedures for properly emptying chemical tanks before allowing welding or other hot work to be performed.
The suit claims 18 counts of negligence and wantonness against the company and other parties.
Umicore has issued the following statement:
“The Umicore family is deeply saddened and concerned about the accident that claimed the life of Aaron Lee recently. We extend our condolences to Mr. Lee’s family and friends, and they continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. Lee was an employee of Hubbard & Drake General Mechanical Contractors, an independent contractor doing work on site for Umicore’s plant expansion. There were multiple independent contractors working on this project on site at the time of the accident. This accident is in the early stages of investigation to determine what happened, how it happened, and who was involved in the events that led to this unfortunate result.”