Quantcast

Lawsuit Alleges Empire Electric Knowingly Exposed Workers to Asb - KOAM TV 7

Lawsuit Alleges Empire Electric Knowingly Exposed Workers to Asbestos

Updated:

A lawsuit alleges that Empire District Electric Company's Riverton Power Station knowingly exposed employees to asbestos and other hazardous materials.  

The old coal-fired power plant in Riverton, Kansas was built using asbestos like many of its time, but now one current employee, Les Rider, is alleging asbestos wiring and insulation is not only prevalent, but exposed--and disintegrating into the air and lungs of employees.
 
"Asbestos particles were friable and were inhaled repeatedly by the employees over the last twenty years," said Rider's attorney Bryan Stevenson.
 
According to the National Cancer Institute, exposure to asbestos in the air may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. And according to Stevenson, Missouri law states that a company who exposes employees to it, are entitled to money for medical monitoring. And he says his client wasn't the only one exposed.

"We know for a fact that there are individuals who have developed cancers, and we understand that these are the kinds of cancers that are caused by asbestos exposure," said Stevenson.
 
We did reach out to Empire for a comment on the allegations and in a written response it replied that, Empire, "does not comment on matters currently in litigation". We also reached out to Empire's lawyer Gary Curtis Lentz for a statement on behalf of his clients, but he also declined to comment.

Stevenson says his client and other employees were asked to dispose of various scrap materials in the course of the plant's recent conversion from coal-fired power to natural gas. And says they were not given the proper safety guidelines to do so.

"There are a whole class of employees who have been exposed, and we're seeking to treat this as a class action to cover all of those employees," Stevenson said.

Stevenson says the lawsuit is still in the earliest of days and that it might be years before this class action suit sees the inside of a court room, but Stevenson did file an injunction against Empire to prevent the plant from cleaning up any proof that asbestos exposure might still be prevalent in the plant.


For copies of the court documents, click on the links below:









    


 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Iola woman sentenced to 8 years for meth

    Iola woman sentenced to 8 years for meth

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:58 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:58:28 GMT
    Iola, KS - Stephanie Jo Troxel, 35, was sentenced yesterday to 8 years in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Judge Daniel D. Creitz in Allen County District Court on methamphetamine charges. Troxel pled guilty in December 2013 to one count of distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property, two additional counts of distribution and one count of possession with intent to distribute.More >>
    Iola, KS - Stephanie Jo Troxel, 35, was sentenced yesterday to 8 years in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Judge Daniel D. Creitz in Allen County District Court on methamphetamine charges. Troxel pled guilty in December 2013 to one count of distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property, two additional counts of distribution and one count of possession with intent to distribute.More >>
  • Color Dash is coming to Joplin

    Color Dash is coming to Joplin

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:35:51 GMT
    Joplin, MO - Come out and participate in your local Color Dash on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Landreth Park – Joplin, MO. The Color Dash is a fun-filled experience for walkers, runners, and people of all ages, shapes, and sizes! The dash is not timed - it's more about sharing memories, laughing, and getting colored like a bag of Skittles than competing. As participants run, walk (or even crawl) the course, our Dasher-Splasher volunteers will splash them with special colorful dust. Results...More >>
    Joplin, MO - Come out and participate in your local Color Dash on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Landreth Park – Joplin, MO. The Color Dash is a fun-filled experience for walkers, runners, and people of all ages, shapes, and sizes! The dash is not timed - it's more about sharing memories, laughing, and getting colored like a bag of Skittles than competing. As participants run, walk (or even crawl) the course, our Dasher-Splasher volunteers will splash them with special colorful dust. Results...More >>
  • New Leads Into Newton County Death

    New Leads Into Newton County Death

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:55:16 GMT
    Joplin, MO - A shooting investigation is underway in Newton County. Officers repsponded to a rural area on the southwest side of the city of Joplin around 5 AM. The victim was in a vehicle near the 3500 block of Cherry Road. Authorities say the victim is a 44-year old male and currently in stable condition at Freeman Hospital with two gun shot wounds. Officials say the victim was under the influence of intoxicants or some type of drug and that the incident was most likely a personal conflict....More >>
    Joplin, MO - A shooting investigation is underway in Newton County. Officers repsponded to a rural area on the southwest side of the city of Joplin around 5 AM. The victim was in a vehicle near the 3500 block of Cherry Road. Authorities say the victim is a 44-year old male and currently in stable condition at Freeman Hospital with two gun shot wounds. Officials say the victim was under the influence of intoxicants or some type of drug and that the incident was most likely a personal conflict....More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.