Explosion at varnish factory occurred when toluene was added to solvents in a drum; one worker died and another was injured.


The toluene manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions for using toluene. The warnings and instruction failed to alert users of the hazards of the toluene with regard to grounding requirements, ventilation requirements, the dangers of mixing toluene with other chemicals and the dangers of empty containers. The only apparent warnings or instructions issued in connection with toluene were contained in a material safety data sheet, that may not have ever been provided to the workers’ employer.

About the Author: James Swartz
Mr. Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.

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