PITTSBURGH Alter Trading
Corp. is being sued by a subcontractor who was injured while
working at the recyclers 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
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.