Design News reports that Massachusetts has dropped criminal charges against a company that had been found criminally negligent in the Big Dig ceiling collapse that killed a 39-year-old woman. The now infamous accident occurred in Boston on July 10, 2006.
After a federal investigation found that its “Fast Set” epoxy was used incorrectly to attach bolts in the ceiling of one of the tunnels in the Big Dig construction project, Powers Fasteners agreed to pay $16 million and remove the product from the market.
This agreement negates the involuntary manslaughter charges (carrying a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine) resulting from the construction accident. According to a news conference with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, “what we have been able to achieve today is a far greater result [than the original charges].”
Massachusetts Drops Criminal Charges against Powers Fasteners, Design News, December 18, 2008
Our Massachusetts construction site accident attorneys can assist you if you have been injured in an accident.