Sure, a $16.6 million OSHA fine sounds like a lot of money. But that might be only the tip of the iceberg in the case involving an explosion at a Kleen Energy construction site.
The first federal lawsuit has been filed in the case, and a lawyer says he waited for OSHA to act before going to court.
A February explosion at the Kleen Energy site in Middletown, CT, killed six workers and injured 50 others. OSHA hit 17 construction companies with a total of $16.6 million in fines for 371 safety violations.
Now an injured worker has filed a $6 million lawsuit in federal court alleging proper safety precautions weren’t taken at the site.
Nicholas Novik is suing the plant’s owner and three contractors, claiming they failed to properly ensure that gas at the plant wouldn’t ignite.
Novik’s injuries are reported to be “life-altering,” including trauma to his head and hearing loss.
Many other civil lawsuits have also been filed in state courts.
More than 35 residents whose homes were affected by the explosion have also filed lawsuits.
How does the OSHA fine connect to the lawsuits?