The widow of a Cintas Corp. worker who died after falling into an industrial dryer in Tulsa has settled her wrongful death lawsuit against the nation’s largest uniform supplier, according to federal court records.
The settlement with the Cincinnati-based company came four days before a federal trial was to begin in Tulsa, details of the settlement were confidential.
In the lawsuit, Torres claimed the company’s plant managers knew about — and even encouraged — the dangerous working practices that led to the death of her husband, Eleazar Torres-Gomez, in 2007.
Cintas, which supplies and launders uniforms for restaurant and hotel employees and other workers, employs more than 34,000 people.
On March 6, 2007, Torres-Gomez, a seven-year Cintas employee, climbed onto a slow-moving conveyor to clear a jam of wet laundry, instead of shutting off the machinery as he was supposed to do.
He jumped up and down on the clump and fell into the 300-degree dryer. Twenty minutes later, another employee heard his burned body banging around in the dryer and made the grisly discovery.
In 2008, an Associated Press investigation found that in the year and a half after the accident in Tulsa, at least eight Cintas plants in six states had been cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state authorities for hazards similar to those that led to Torres-Gomez’s death.
In December 2008, the company agreed to pay almost $3 million in penalties to resolve federal occupational safety violations in six cases, including the Tulsa death.
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