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Sulfuryl fluoride: Report details training, equipment problems of fumigator being sued by poisoned Palm City family

Source: TC Palm | September 17th, 2015 | By Elliott Jones
Location: United States, Florida
Industry type: Pesticides

MARTIN COUNTY — The termite control company that fumigated a Palm City house where three family members later got sick, one seriously, had poorly maintained devices for checking that the house was clear for people to enter afterward, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs.

State investigators concluded that of Sunland Pest Control Services Inc.’s two monitoring devices, “neither of these was in working order.”

Because of that and other reasons, including lack of staff training, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services suspended the company’s operator’s license.

The suspension came a day after the family sued Terminix International Co. and Sunland of West Palm Beach, which fumigated the home as a subcontractor of Terminix…

The lawsuit was filed by Palm City residents Carl and Lori Ann McCaughey, whose 10-year-old son, Peyton McCaughey, has lost 90 percent of his motor skills…

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