Jury awards $30 million in negligence lawsuit

On Jan. 13, 12 plaintiffs were awarded a total of $30 million by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury in a negligence lawsuit. The jury found Harsco Corp., Camp Hill, Pa., and DYK Inc., El Cajon, Calif., liable for a roof collapse in Carson, Calif., Oct. 4, 2001.

Plaintiff Martin Garcia and more than 40 other people were pouring concrete on a roof at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson. The workers were about six stories above the floor of the concrete tank, and Garcia was standing on a plywood deck supported by aluminum shoring.

After about 70 percent of the concrete had been poured, the shoring gave way and the roof collapsed. Garcia and more than seven other workers fell into the bottom of the concrete tank, and Garcia sustained head and brain injuries, among other severe injuries.