ST. LOUIS — A former sprinkler fitter is suing Air & Liquid Systems Corp., Bechtel Corp., Flowserve US Inc., and other asbestos products manufacturers and users, citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.

Francis J. Riegerix filed a complaint on March 1 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during the course and scope of his employment as a sprinkler fitter from 1948 to 1979, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. On Nov. 24, 2017, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease.

The plaintiff holds Air & Liquid Systems Corp., Bechtel Corp., Flowserve US Inc., and others responsible because the defendants allegedly continued using asbestos  after they knew that it was hazardous to humans' health, and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury; and seeks compensatory and punitive damages of more than $25,000, plus costs of this action, and any further relief that the court may deem proper and just. He is represented by O'Brien Law Firm PC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00441

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