Worker injured in West Virginia explosion sues Airgas

WINFIELD (AP) — A worker at Airgas USA’s former facility in Putnam County is suing the company over a 2013 explosion that he says left him permanently injured.

William Lee Parrigan’s lawsuit alleges that the company exposed him to an unsafe working condition.

The lawsuit claims the Winfield resident was required to “bleed out” tanks containing acetylene gas without attaching any cyclinders to a manifold system. The lawsuit says this would have prevented the release of the flammable gas into the atmosphere.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Putnam County Circuit Court.

Airgas spokesman J. Barrett Strzelec tells the newspaper that the company doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits.

Putnam County authorities have said the explosion involved about 50 tanks of acetylene.

Airgas closed the facility last August.

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