A jury in Pittsburgh awarded two subcontractors a verdict for $7.8 million, when a staircase they were on collapsed in a building owned by Consol Energy, Inc. As a result of the collapse, one of the men suffered significant injuries including a fractured hip and leg. The other man suffered a permanently frozen shoulder in which a rotator cuff surgery was unable to improve his condition.
An attorney for the plaintiff’s stated that the stairway was secured to a wall with four bolts when it collapsed. The jury was presented with the question of whether or not Consol adequately maintained and inspected the stair case prior to its collapse over the past 40 years. The plaintiff’s attorney further stated that Consol refused to accept responsibility for their failure to inspect and properly maintain the staircase.