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Posted on July 20, 2020 by

St. Louis Boiler Explosion: Dangerous Condition & Wrongful Death

This summer marks the one year anniversary of a settlement of over $47 million that was reached after a boiler near Soulard exploded in 2017, killing four people and injuring three others.  The result of a two-day mediation last June, this global settlement included all of the defendants and plaintiffs in several lawsuits in connection with the explosion, including four wrongful death suits, three personal injury cases and two property damage cases.

On the morning of April 3, 2017, a boiler at the Loy-Lange Box Co. exploded, hurling destructive debris the length of one and a half football fields. Some debris chunks, described as the size of vans, crashed through the roof of nearby Faultless Healthcare Linen.

A man working inside the box company died in the explosion. The tragedy also claimed the lives of three Faultless Healthcare Linen employees, all engaged in orientation activities for their first day of work at Faultless, including a newlywed couple as well as another man who died days later at the hospital.   Several other victims sustained critical injuries.  The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board later listed corrosion of the tank at Loy-Lange Box Co. as the cause of the deadly incident.


We hope your family never has to bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of a loved one.  At Hoffman & Gelfman we understand that no amount of money can make up for that kind of loss. However, we fight for justice to help our clients achieve financial security so they can focus on the healing process. Serving the community of St. Louis for a number of years, we’re here to help you and your family. Please contact us whenever you need legal advice.