The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Terminix has been fined $10,000,000 because it “knowingly failed to properly manage their pest control operations”. Rather than causing the regular property damage, Terminix this time caused serious physical injuries to a family of four. The family was staying in the U.S. Virgin Islands in a condo above a unit where a Terminix’s fumigation fell grossly below required standards.
Fumigations are the riskiest service a pest control operator can provide. Fumigation fo requires adhering to rigid standards and careful label instructions. Employees must be properly trained and closely supervised to prevent not only injury to themselves but also to occupants and nearby individuals who could inhale the deadly fumes.
Terminix is familiar with federal and state prosecutors – having been repeatedly fined and forced to enter into Consent Decrees that require reforming habitually unlawful and deficient business practices.In Alabama, one of these decrees forced Terminix to audit all offices and correct deficient treatments that are designed to create continuous pesticide barriers for termite prevention. Officials concede it never audited most offices and several managers in Alabama have testified that they were never even told that their employer agreed to reforms to escape potentially stiffer punishments. It’s unbelievable that they would act this way in the face of such serious charges. This kind of behavior might explain why Terminix is so familiar with federal and state prosecutors.
Campbell Law PC routinely represents consumers whose homes or commercial properties are damaged by termites. Both victims and current and former employees who would like to assist with efforts to cause changes at Terminix are encouraged to share your information with Campbell Law PC’s five attorneys or para-professional staff members. Properly performed termite prevention service would work almost 100% of the time. Let folks who understand why that is a fact figure out how Terminix failed to protect.
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