Survivors in Kentucky of the devastating Mayfield candle factory collapse filed a lawsuit against Mayfield Consumer Products on Wednesday, claiming the company displayed a "flagrant indifference" for the safety of its workers when the tornado hit the factory.
Elijah Johnson was one of the 110 workers in the factory on Dec. 10 when it collapsed, and he filed the lawsuit "on behalf of others similarly situated."
The lawsuit was filed in Graves County Circuit Court, and attorneys Amos Jones and William Davis are the counsel for the survivors.
The attorneys are requesting that a judge certify the survivors' class-action status, according to a report.
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"There were so many survivors coming forward that the class action was the most responsible approach," Jones said.
At least eight people were killed at the factory, and the plaintiffs claimed the company forced the 110 employees to work the night of the storm even though it "knew or should have known about the expected tornado and the danger of serious bodily injuries and death to its employees if its employees were required to remain at its place of business during the pendency of the expected tornado."
Mayfield Consumer Products is also accused of refusing to allow workers to leave and threatening termination of employment if they did so.
The company "showed flagrant indifference to the rights [of employees] with a subjective awareness that such conduct will result in human death and/or bodily injuries," the lawsuit said.
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The survivors are pursuing punitive and compensatory damages, attorney's fees, prejudgment and post-judgment interests, and "a trial by jury on all issues so triable."