OmniSource Corp. is suing a contractor for allegedly causing
more than $100,000 in damage in a fire at one of its North
Carolina scrap metal recycling facilities.
The wholly owned
subsidiary of Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Steel Dynamics Inc. said
in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in North Carolina
that an employee of Heat Wave Metal Processing Inc. was
blow-torching rotors at the Johnston County facility that were
positioned for processing by an OmniSource worker who was using
a Caterpillar material handler.
The OmniSource worker
shut down the equipment and went into the office and was still
inside 10 minutes later when a second Heat Wave employee
advised him that the equipment was on fire, according to court
Another Heat Wave
employee had continued to torch the rotors in too close
proximity to the material handler, according to the lawsuit,
which claims the defendants employee should have known
that sparks from his cutting work could travel 25 feet.
In addition to
spending more than $100,000 to repair the material handler,
OmniSource said it incurred an additional loss from renting a
material handler while the other was being repaired.
The owner of Laurens,
S.C.-based Heat Wave could not be reached for comment.