Relatives sue for death of worker in Fullerton company explosion – Orange County Register

Relatives of a worker killed in a 2021 explosion at an engineering office in Fullerton are suing multiple defendants over the death of the 29-year-old Lynwood man while testing a fire suppression system.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Wednesday, September 28 in Los Angeles Superior Court include Jesus Siordia and Irene Fombona, parents of the late Jesse Siordia. The lawsuit alleges negligence, strict product liability and breach of contract. Plaintiffs are seeking unspecified and punitive damages.

Jesse Siordia was an employee of National Technical Systems, which made the East Valencia Avenue building available to one of its customers, United Aeronautical Corp., the lawsuit says. NTS is not a defendant in this case.

On May 27, 2021, the UAC tested a C-130 modular airborne firefighting system whose function, according to the suit, was to pressurize fire retardants before ejecting them from aircraft deployed to fight fires.

UAC was testing to determine if there were any fugitive radio emissions while testing the system when at approximately 9:15 a.m. while the system was being pressurized during testing, a component part failed and the hydrological fluid inside became a highly flammable aerosol, causing a massive explosion , which the lawsuit says resulted in the death of Jesse Siordia and significant property damage.

UAC and the other defendants have “expressly and impliedly stated” that the system’s components met or exceeded safety standards, the lawsuit states.

In reality, the defendants acted in “conscious disregard” for Jesse Siordia’s safety and “recklessly, willfully and negligently” provided for testing a dangerous and defective product that they knew or should have known was unsafe and for the specific Case inappropriate was tests to be conducted on the day of the blast, the suit claims.

A UAC representative could not be reached for comment. Relatives sue for death of worker in Fullerton company explosion – Orange County Register

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