NEW MARTINSVILLE — A Marshall County couple is suing chemical companies, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and an unsafe work environment.

David Gump and Betty J. Gump of Moundsville filed a lawsuit Jan. 11 in Wetzel Circuit Court against PPG industries Inc., Axiall LLC and Axiall Corp., alleging negligence in failing to provide a safe place to work.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 22, 2015, David Gump was at the defendants' business location in Proctor to provide welding services. The suit says while Gump was walking at the defendants' facility carrying two 5-gallon buckets and an electric coil, he tripped and fell when he stepped on a deformed asphalt walkway.

The lawsuit says Gump suffered injuries that are permanent and lasting in nature, and Betty Gump will continue to be deprived of the consortium and services of her husband. The plaintiffs allege the defendants negligently maintained the existence of a dangerous condition on their premises.

The Gumps seek trial by jury, judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of the court, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of court and all other just and proper relief. They are represented by attorneys Ronald W. Zavolta and Jordan M. Laird of Zavolta Law Office in Wheeling.

Wetzel Circuit Court Case number 17-c-2

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