A 53-year-old sprinkler piper fitter sustained neck, shoulder, hip and low back injuries after tripping and falling on an accumulation of floor debris at a construction site while carrying a heavy pipe on his shoulder. The controlling general contractor violated OSHA safety standards by not providing clean-up by laborers of the accident area at regular intervals after ordering multiple contractors to expedite their work within same work area. Multiple equipment and stock obstructions were also present in the work area, which effectively created an obstacle course for the free movement of workers in violation of the OSHA safety standards.
The defendant contended the plaintiff was more than 50% at fault and thus was barred from recovery for his injuries.
The client underwent a long course of pain management procedures that ultimately did not resolve his symptoms. However, he had not undergone any medical treatment during the two years before the date trial was scheduled to begin. Conversely, he was s never able to return to his trade of sprinkler pipe fitting after the accident.
The case was settled three days before a jury trial was scheduled to begin.