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Occupational fatality leads to lawsuit against PPE maker

The widow of a worker who suffered fatal injuries in a fall has filed a lawsuit against 3M, alleging that the manufacturer’s fall prevention product failed to perform according to representations made by the company.

According to news sources, construction worker Walter Burrows died after falling 35 feet in May of 2018 while working on a light-rail project in the Seattle area.

The lawsuit alleges that 3M’s DBI SALA Nano-Lok Self-Retracting Lifeline did not arrest Burrows’ fall because it got severed on the beveled concrete edge of a platform and that 3M did not warn that a beveled edge could affect the efficacy of the lifeline.

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