PITTSBURGH – A man who suffered back and upper-body injuries after encountering industrial waste on the premises of a U.S. Steel plant, is taking both the corporation and an environmental group tasked with the plant’s clean-up to state court.

Isaac A. Walford of Pittsburgh filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 16 versus U.S. Steel Corporation of Braddock and G.A.P. Pollution & Environmental Control, Inc. (doing business as “G.A.P. Inc.”), of Johnstown.

On or about Aug. 16, 2016, Walford was on the premises of U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, specifically the BOP Gas Tower, when he was injured after coming into contract by an accumulation of one foot-deep sludge in the area where he was required to be for his professional visit, the suit says.

Walford allegedly suffered a number of right labral tears, a right shoulder strain and strains of the myofascial spinal variety, flank and back contusions, making it necessary to wear a cervical collar, undergo physical therapy and possibly need surgery in the future.

The plaintiff believes the defendants failed to timely inspect, maintain and repair the premises and failed to eliminate the dangerous industrial waste condition which injured him.

For counts of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits of compulsory arbitration, plus court costs, interest and such other and further relief as the Court may deem equitable and just.

The plaintiff is represented by Richard G. Talarico of Woomer & Talarico, in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-015649

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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