Kentucky Candle Factory Tornado Incident, 8 Workers Dead; Survivors Files Class Action
According to a new class action lawsuit, bosses at a Kentucky scented candle business threatened employees with termination if they returned home to seek shelter from what turned out to be a devastating tornado on December 10. The tornado also claimed the lives of eight factory workers.
Elijah Johnson v. Mayfield Consumer Products, LLC.
Factory Demolished; Workers Buried
A class action lawsuit against Mayfield Consumer Products was filed on December 15 in a Kentucky state court by survivors of the factory collapse.
According to the Mayfield Candle Factory Class Action Lawsuit, the company refused to let 110 workers leave the workplace despite having more than three hours’ notice before the tornado arrived.
Workers claim their superiors warned them that they would be terminated if they left the plant without permission and even conducted a roll call to identify who had exited without permission.
When the tornado hit, the factory was demolished, burying the workers.
Photos of the tornado’s mangled wreckage have become symbols of the tornado’s ferocity in Kentucky, where the disaster was so extreme that President Biden paid a visit to survey the damage and provide federal assistance.
Plaintiff Elijah Johnson, 20, claims in the complaint that the company demonstrated “flagrant indifference” to worker safety by pushing workers to remain on the job despite their expressed concerns surrounding the incoming storm. Johnson claims in his complaint that he sustained a back injury when the roof fell on him during the disaster.
Plaintiffs allege that Mayfield failed to provide a safe workplace and are seeking damages. According to the Mayfield Candle Factory Class Action Lawsuit, the company was aware of or should have been aware of the approaching tornado and the risk of serious bodily injury or death to its employees.
The company has denied interfering with employees’ right to leave the factory.
Employees are seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as legal fees and interest, in a jury trial.
Officials responded to the case by saying that state workplace safety regulators would investigate the factory’s collapse.
What Happened During the Tornado Disaster
Haley Condor, 29, a Mayfield employee, stated that when storm warnings began to arrive, team leaders informed her that they would not allow workers to leave for safety reasons and would keep everyone in the hallways and bathrooms.
When they mistakenly believed the tornado was no longer a threat, they sent everyone to work, employees stated. Following the second alarm, the employees sought shelter once more. The building’s lights began to flicker, and moments later, the factory was hit.
McKayla Emery, 21, said she was standing near the candle wax and fragrance department when she was struck in the head by a chunk of concrete and pinned to the ground. She is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital.
Editor’s Note on Mayfield Candle Factory Class Action Lawsuit After Kentucky Tornado Disaster:
This article informs you of the case against Mayfield Consumer Products for allegedly refusing to let its workers leave the factory despite having more than three hours’ notice before the tornado arrived. We also suggest you read the Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 Crash Settlement.
Case Name: Elijah Johnson v. Mayfield Consumer Products, LLC.
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth of Kentucky 52nd Judicial Circuit Court
Allegations: Mayfield Consumer Products allegedly refused its workers to leave the factory
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