A county factory worker who was injured one year ago in an explosion has sued the managers of the Brea rubber factory where he worked, asserting that they failed to warn their employees adequately about proper work safeguards.
Luis Alberto Tinoco said in a civil suit filed Tuesday in Superior Court in Santa Ana that he suffered unspecified and permanent injuries in an Oct. 19, 1987, chemical explosion at the Kirkhill Rubber Plant.
The employee had been working with a sodium nitrate mixture called Paraplast 8101. The suit alleged that the mixture was unsafe for its intended use at the plant and that the officials at Kirkhill and parent company Hexcel Corp. Inc. neglected to warn workers about the product’s potential dangers.
Tinoco’s suit also pointed to a federal directive that he said mandated such a warning.