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For His Role in Employee Deaths, Former President of Chemical Company Will Serve One Year in Prison
The man who formerly served as president of PACES LLC has been sentenced to serve one year in federal prison for his role in causing the death of one of PACES’ employees.

The man who formerly served as president of PACES LLC has been sentenced to serve one year in federal prison for his role in causing the death of one of PACES’ employees.

The man who formerly served as president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services LLC (PACES) has been sentenced to serve one year in federal prison for his role in causing the death of one of PACES’ employees. According to court documents associated with the case, Matthew Bowman violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) in 2008 when he:

  • Ordered truck drivers to continue transporting wastewater that contained hydrogen sulfide
  • Ordered drivers to falsify transportation records to hide the fact that the wastewater was coming from PACE in order to get around the fact that a disposal company had put a moratorium on receiving wastewater loads from PACE due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide in the water.

The truck driver, Joey Sutter, ultimately died on December 18, 2008 as a result of his exposure to hydrogen sulfide.

In addition to having to serve a year in federal prison, Bowman will also have to pay $5,000 in fines and will likely be named as the defendant in a civil wrongful death suit filed on behalf of his family.

According to the Assisting Attorney General Robert G. Dreher who worked on this case, “the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who violate the laws enacted to ensure the safety of workers handling hazardous materials and to prevent the kind of tragedies that occurred in this case.”

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If you have sustained a workplace injury and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers’ compensation claim – or if you have lost a loved one due to a workplace injury, you cannot rely upon your employer or insurance companies to look out for your best interests. In fact, both your employer and insurance companies will be more focused on their own bottom lines instead of your current and future wellbeing. This can make the system adversarial for injured workers and potentially even put them in situations in which their legitimate workers’ compensation claims are undercut or even flat-out denied.

In such cases, it’s essential that injured workers contact the Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals are experienced at going up against corporate lawyers and insurance companies, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses. For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.

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