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Massachusetts Attorney General Settles with Last Two Firms in Fatal Big Dig Accident

Last week, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office announced that it has reached two more settlements in the 2006 Big Dig accident that killed a Jamaica Plain woman. The state settled with Gannet Fleming Inc. and Sika Corporation. According to officials, these settlements mark the end of the state’s legal proceedings against companies involved in the Big Dig construction project.

Attorney General Martha Coakley said the resolutions held the companies accountable and ensured that similar accidents will be prevented in the future, while providing the state with funds to maintain transportation infrastructure.

Gannett Fleming designed the section of the tunnel ceiling that collapsed and agreed to pay a total of $1.575 million to the city of Boston and to the state, forgoing $150,000 in payments to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. Sika Corporation made the blue used in the ceiling and agreed to $200,000 to the state.

During the course of this legal campaign, the state received $610.6 million in recoveries for the Big Dig ceiling collapse and for other problems such as adulterated cement and design flaws.

AG settles with final two firms in fatal collapse of Big Dig tunnel, Boston Globe, March 27, 2009
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