Industrial worker suffered fatal third degree burns due to defective steel ladle, suit claims

By Michelle Keahey | Jan 6, 2012


The wife of a deceased industrial worker, who suffered fatal third degree burns when a steel ladle erupted and spewed molten steel on him, has filed a lawsuit against her husband's employer and the manufacturers of the ladle.

Roxanne Moyer, individually and on behalf of her deceased husband, Samuel N. Moyer, filed suit against Siemens Vai Services et als, Signal Metal Industries Inc., Danieli Corp., North American Refractories Co. and Black Diamond Capital Management on Dec. 30 in federal court in New Orleans.

The incident occurred on Feb. 1, 2011 while Samuel Moyer was working as a furnace second helper in the ArcelorMittal Laplace steel manufacturing mill. During the course of his regular job duties, a steel ladle erupted and spewed molten steel onto Moyer. Moyer died from third degree burns on Feb. 3, 2011.

Moyer's wife argues that the defendants are liable because the steel ladle, ladle transfer car, ladle stir plugs and nest block assembly were all unreasonably dangerous in design, construction, composition, lack of warnings and because the products did not conform to an express warranty of the manufacturer.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of survival action damages for conscious physical pain and suffering and mental pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses and wrongful death damages for loss of love, affection, services, support and society, and grief, plus interest and court costs.

Moyer is represented by New Orleans attorneys James L. Arruebarrena and Rachel Martin-Deckelmann. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-03185

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