Georgia-Pacific has sued the manufacturer of the lift truck that burst into flames and later exploded on May 13, 2019, shutting down the plant and burning for days. The company is also suing the seller of the truck.
GP’s suit alleges that the truck was serviced and maintained by the companies it’s suing, used in the proper fashion since its purchase in 2015 and “lift trucks should not start on fire and explode.”
The company says it purchased and implemented all fire-related safety options offered and recommended by Hyster, the company that manufactured the lift, and Medley, the company that sold it.
GP is also suing Safecraft, which manufactured the fire-suppression equipment on the lift, and National Maintenance Services. It says the system should have been automatic, not manual, requiring the operator to activate it.
The suit includes quotes of contracts signed that require the two companies to compensate Georgia-Pacific for losses sustained as a result of their negligence, but neither company has.
The company is asking to be reimbursed for property damage to its buildings and inventory, costs for demolition and cleanup, additional costs associated with manufacturing, packaging, shipping and warehousing and loss of sales and profit in excess of $75,000.