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Lawsuit: Managers notified of 'unsafe' work conditions months before explosion at Perry manufacturing plant

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 12:23:17-04

PERRY, Fla. (WTXL) - A former employee is suing a Perry manufacturing plant, claiming she warned the president about "unsafe" work conditions at least a month before a fatal explosion in September.

In the lawsuit filed last week, the former employee claims she told managers at AMTEC Less Lethal Systems that they were "storing too many pounds of flash powder in the building, far beyond the amount allowed by regulation."

The lawsuit also said the former employee told managers that an employee was placing explosive devices (grenades) on trash bags that were not anti-static, and slamming them on the table to see if any powder would leak from the device.

The former employee claims she was fired as a result of her refusal to engage in a sexual relationship with a male employee, her objections to his sexual advances, and her objection to an actual workplace hazard.

You can read the entire lawsuit here.


One dead, one injured in explosion at Taylor County manufacturing plant

PERRY, Fla. (WTXL) - Deputies say one person is dead and another has been lifeflighted to a hospital after an explosion at a Perry manufacturing plant.

At approximately 10 a.m., the Taylor County Sheriff's Office received a report of an explosion at AMTEC Less Lethal Systems located at 4700 Providence Road.

Multiple first responders were dispatched to the scene to assist. Upon arrival, responders found that there were two people that had been injured in the incident.

Deputies say one of the injured people was flown from the scene aboard a medical helicopter for treatment at a local hospital, while another injured person was pronounced deceased at the scene.

"AMTEC, they build less lethal weapons for law enforcement agencies and military. Uhh, they're a manufacturing company. They're a very, very responsible facility. We use them for our training," said Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Padgett. "They just happened to have a horrible accident this morning. We don't suspect any kind of foul play or anything going on."

The area has been secured and there is not an ongoing threat to any other people. An investigation is ongoing and further information is limited.

AMTEC's facilities encompass 545 acres and approximately 50,000 square feet of manufacturing and training facilities. The company manufactures many items to include rubber bullets, bean bag munitions, smoke grenades, stun grenades, door breaching grenades, tactical gear and pepper sprays.