Victims of R.M. Palmer explosion seek accountability


Source: WITF

It’s been a month since the R.M. Palmer chocolate factory in West Reading exploded, killing seven people and injuring several others. The National Transportation Safety Board has called the blast “a natural gas explosion,” and is investigating if and how a pipeline might have played a role. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also looking into potential workplace safety violations. The agency has  up to six months to complete the investigation, OSHA spokesperson Joanna Hawkins said.

While those investigations are underway, family members who lost loved ones, and people who were injured, are filing lawsuits against R.M. Palmer and UGI Utilities in Philadelphia common pleas court.

Betty Wright was living in a building next to the factory on South Second Avenue when it exploded on March 24. Wright filed a lawsuit three days later. She alleges the explosion caused her to be “lifted from her feet and blown across the room causing severe and permanent injuries.” Wright lost access to her apartment, according to the lawsuit.

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