Crane Accidents

Contractor Files Suit in Fatal Crane Collapse

06/12/02

Black & Veatch filed the lawsuit in Superior Court against Milford Power Co. LLC and Hartford Fire Insurance Co., alleging breach of contract and seeking to recover $23 million in labor and construction costs that have gone unpaid since the fatal accident.  The action is a counterclaim filed in response to a lawsuit brought against Black & Veatch by the power plant operator, which claims it is entitled to millions in damages for the contractor’s delay in completing the 544-megawatt generating plant on time.  According to a federal safety investigation, the steel building structure collapsed onto a crane, the bottom of which then struck two aerial lifts being used by workers. Kevin Winslow, 43, of Newington, and Wayne Most, 38, of West Hartford, were killed.  A third worker, Robert Fitch, 62, of North Branford, was trapped inside a crane for eight hours and lost a leg. Fitch is suing Milford Power and Black & Veatch for negligence.

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