A Milton man who worked on boilers in the Navy and at Bucknell University has filed a federal lawsuit against 30 companies he claims are miners, manufacturers, processors, importers and retailers of asbestos products. Bucknell is not a defendant in the suit.
Ronald Batman claims in the complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. Middle District Court his unspecified health problems are related to his work around asbestos.
While in the Navy from 1965 through 1969 he served as a boiler technician on three ships and between 1972 and 2010 he worked in the powerhouse at Bucknell, the document states.
Batman says he repaired and maintained boilers on ships and maintained a coal-fired boiler and furnace at Bucknell.
The suit accuses the defendants of knowing exposure to asbestos and asbestos-containing materials was harmful but they failed to provide him with safe wearing apparel.
He also charges they failed to place adequate warnings on containers of asbestos, failed to adopt a safety plan and did not remove or recall products from the workplace.
The complaint does not detail Batman’s medical issues other that it is an asbestos-related disease that has caused him great pain, medical expenses and loss of wages. The suit seeks compensatory damages in excess of $75,000 and unspecified punitive damages.