More firefighters file civil lawsuit claiming hearing damage from sirens
Ten more Pittsburgh firefighters filed a civil lawsuit on Wednesday against the manufacturer of sirens and fire trucks, claiming the loud sounds permanently injured their hearing.
The firefighters — seven of whom have been employed by the city since 1993 and three since 2001 — said the companies “knew or should have known that the products ... were inherently dangerous, defective and hazardous to human hearing” and “are strictly liable” for their hearing loss. Four Pittsburgh firefighters filed an almost identical lawsuit on Monday and have the same attorneys.
Representatives from two of the companies — Federal Signal Corp. of Illinois and Mack Trucks of Allentown — this week said they will fight the lawsuits and believe they lack merit.
Other companies named in the lawsuit are: American LaFrance of South Carolina, E-One Inc. of Florida, Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. of Carbon County, Pierce Manufacturing Inc. of Wisconsin and Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC of Harrisburg. Officials from those companies did not return calls seeking comment.
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