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Alter hit with subcontractor lawsuit over 2011 accident

Keywords: Tags  scrapyard, Alter Trading, Jary Duarte, Precision Welding, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Alter Trading Corp. is being sued by a subcontractor who was injured while working at the recycler’s Gulfport, Miss., scrapyard.

Jary Duarte, an employee of Davenport, Iowa-based Precision Welding, was burned in January 2011 while dismantling a vehicle with a cutting torch at the scrapyard. The accident resulted in permanent injuries, according to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in southern Mississippi.

The lawsuit alleges that Alter employees were responsible for decommissioning scrap vehicles of their fluids, while Precision Welding workers would dismantle the vehicles using torches.

An Alter employee failed to drain the vehicle and forwarded it along to be torched with no warning that gasoline remained inside the tank. Duarte claims this negligence resulted in the injury. He is seeking at least $75,000 plus costs associated with pursuing a settlement.

The allegations in the complaint are inaccurate and any liability will fall on the independent contractors’ insured party, an Alter spokesman said.

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