Todd & Weld obtained a $450,000 settlement on behalf of a worker injured at an energy plant, as reported in the Aug. 17, 2015 issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
The worker's employer, an industrial cleaning company, was hired to clean an extremely hot and confined space at the energy plant.
The worker fractured his ankle and tore the medial meniscus in his right knee after falling approximately 15 feet from a lift in an attempt to escape intense heat. At the time of the man's fall, the lift had malfunctioned and would not descend.
Surgeons placed a plate and six screws in the man's ankle, and surgically repaired his injured knee. He developed lower- and upper-back pain. While he was able to eventually walk without assistance, the man was unable to continue working at the industrial cleaning company.
The worker filed suit against the plant, alleging he was not informed of the extreme temperatures at the plant, and that measures to cool the worksite were insufficient. He also alleged that the plant negligently maintained the lift, causing it to malfunction.
The case settled at mediation.