A jury verdict of $7.8 million was returned for two severely injured subcontractors. The injuries occurred when a metal stairway collapsed. The stairway was bolted to a wall with four bolts, and those bolts did not hold when the two men stepped onto it. One man suffered a permanently frozen right shoulder that was not improved by rotator cuff surgery. The other man suffered a severely fractured left hip and leg.
The case hinged on whether the owner of the building had adequately inspected and maintained the staircase over the four decades prior to its collapse. Counsel for the men explained that the jury was insulted that Consol failed to accept responsibility for their failure to inspect and maintain this stairwell.