Jury awards $30 million in negligence
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...
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