Stack to hear third party motion in fire extinguisher case

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 17, 2006, 4:45am

An Olin employee who was injured in a fire on Jan. 10, 2005, filed a suit against the seller, provider, servicer and installer of a fire extinguishing system in Madison County Circuit Court Oct. 31, 2005.

Seeking damages in excess of $300,000, Jerry Harty of Godfrey claims an extinguisher produced by Fire Safety, Inc., Kidde PLC, and United Technologies failed to work when a fire broke out. Harty was a welder at the Olin Brass Casting plant in East Alton.

He did not seek any damages from Olin, however United Technologies has filed a motion to file a third party complaint against them. Circuit Judge Daniel Stack will hear the motion Jan. 25.

Harty claims the fire suppression system was defectively designed and manufactured because the heat sensors failed to detect the fire and failed to manually discharge.

According to Harty, he suffered severe and permanent burns to his face, chest and arms, suffered great pain and suffering, lost wages, and became liable for medical expenses.

Harty is represented by Matt Chapman and Greg Becker of Becker, Galanti and Schroader in Granite City.

United is represented by Thomas Plunkert of St. Louis.

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