Article Courtesy of The Florida Record
By Noddy A. Fernandez
Published February 25, 2018
CLEARWATER — A St. Petersburg couple is suing a Largo condominium operator
and owners, alleging negligence and failure to warn.
William Patrick Greene and Terry Lee Greene filed a complaint Feb. 1 in
Pinellas County Circuit Court against Shipwatch Yacht Club Condominium
Association, Inc. and Resource Property Management Inc., alleging failure to
warn of the risks of bodily injuries for people working on its premises.
According to the complaint, on Feb, 28, 2017, William Greene was hired by
defendants to assist with emergency cleanup and removal of the Har-Tru clay
runoff from the tennis courts to the landscaping, sidewalks and adjacent
streets at the Shipwatch condominium, 11900 Shipwatch Drive, Largo. Greene
says during his employment he was not aware that the clay dust was toxic,
containing crystalline silica, which can cause lung fibrosis, commonly
referred to as silicosis.
The couple says Greene has been diagnosed with pneumonia and continuously
experiences dyspnea on exertion and shortness of breath as a result of his
exposure to Har-Tu clay while working in the condominium.
The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to notify, warn or otherwise
inform workers of the perils or risks of bodily injuries while working on
its premises, failed to post warning signs to identify work areas where
respirable silica is present and failed to provide protective equipment.
The Greenes seek trial by jury, compensatory damages of at least $15,000,
court costs and all other relief allowed by law. They are represented by
attorney Henry E. Valenzuela of Valenzuela Law Firm PA in Tampa.