A Middlesex County jury awarded $45,000,000 to a union mason steward seriously injured while working on the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project.
On August 4, 2021, a Middlesex County jury awarded $26.6 million to a union mason steward who was seriously hurt while working on a complex rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge. The verdict, with interest, totals over $45 million.
According to case #1581CV05652 in Middlesex Superior Court, the steward fell over five feet through a two-foot hole in the scaffolding he was working on and landed violently on a pile of concrete debris. The scaffolding was not fully planked at the time of his fall in violation of state and federal safety regulations. This construction accident had significant consequences. The steward sustained severe injuries to his back, neck, and legs. Upon medical evaluation, he had to endure seven spinal operations and nine total operations that resulted in his spine being largely fused together.