Man Seeks Damages for Sulfur Dioxide Exposure at Plant

Man Seeks Damages for Sulfur Dioxide Exposure at PlantA man who was working at a beet processing plant owned by American Crystal Sugar Co. in North Dakota in 2008 has filed a toxic substances lawsuit against American Crystal and two other companies.

According to the Grand Forks Herald, Conrad Rostvet says he was a contractor at the plant when a sulfur dioxide leak occurred. He says a Lock City Transportation Inc. truck had been brought into the plant to collect the gas, and that he was using a special pipe to do so that had been manufactured by Smart-Hose Technologies Inc. During this procedure, the hose allegedly malfunctioned and created a sulfur dioxide leak that allegedly caused Rostvet to suffer injury. The news source previously reported that the leak sent 21 people to the hospital.

Rostvet seeks damages for medical expenses and lost wages from American Crystal, Lock City and Smart-Hose. American Crystal reportedly blames Lock City for the toxic leak, whereas Lock City and Smart-Hose have yet to respond to the toxic substances lawsuit.

According to the National Library of Medicine, sulfur dioxide is a common air pollutant that is colorless and has a scent similar to that of a just-struck match.