A union carpenter from Bucks County was awarded a $2.5 million verdict by a Philadelphia jury after suffering serious injuries in a fall from a work scaffold.
Michael Sullivan, 40, was working on a raised platform in June 2015 at the Albert Schweitzer Elementary School in Levittown when a deck pin dislodged. The rolling steel structure collapsed.
The 40-year-old carpenter dropped six feet through the platform, breaking his tailbone. The accident also left him with two protruding spinal discs, according to his attorney Jeff Laffey of the Philadelphia-based firm Laffey, Bucci & Kent.
Sullivan — who had alleged a defective scaffold design and a lack of proper warnings — has not been able to return to work as a carpenter since the mishap.