The spouse of a woman killed in a Helena industrial accident has filed a lawsuit against her employer, blaming them for the incident. The lawsuit was filed by Crescensio Pablo, the husband of Alabaster resident Eva Saenz, 45, who was killed last month at ABC Polymer Industries, LLC .
When Shelby County 911 was called at 6:41 p.m., Helena Police and Fire units were dispatched to the location of the gruesome incident. The first responders found that Saenz had been pulled into the industrial machine. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
“The investigation kicks over to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) because it’s an industrial workplace accident,” Helena Fire Capt. Chaed Agee told the Helena Reporter.
OSHA’s website lists getting caught in and between equipment or objects as one of the top four most frequent accidents that kill U.S. workers, according to 2015 statistics.
“Saenz was assigned to work in close proximity of a machine, which was in an unreasonably dangerous condition as designed, manufactured, maintained and installed,” the lawsuit states. “In the normal course of her job responsibilities and duties, Plaintiff’s decedent suffered a catastrophic injury which caused her death.”
On their website, ABC Polymer Industries claims to be one of North America’s the largest suppliers of flexible intermediate bulk containers and manufactures polypropylene concrete fibers.
The lawsuit was filed on Sept. 13 in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County. Pablo is seeking an undisclosed amount in worker’s compensation benefits.