Settlement Reached in 1999 Construction Accident




Settlement Reached in 1999 Construction Accident

A settlement has been reached in a construction accident case involving four workers who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after a crane collapse in July 1999 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Witnesses to Tragedy

Thomas J. Freda, Joseph L. Edwards Jr., Robert D. Becker and Shayne Olson settled their case against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America and nine other defendants late last month for an undisclosed amount.

Theirs is believed to be the last case stemming from the tragic accident, which killed three ironworkers—Jeffrey A. Wischer, Jerome W. Starr and William R. DeGrave.

The Accident

All of the men had been working at the site of the new Miller Park baseball stadium when a crane known as Big Blue collapsed. The three men who died were suspended nearby in a basket on another crane when falling debris sent them to their deaths.

Two of the survivors, Olson and Edwards, were operating smaller cranes in the vicinity at the time of the collapse. Freda witnessed the collapse from the roof of the stadium, and Becker was the last to speak with the men killed in the accident.

The widows of the deceased ironworkers reached separate agreements with the defendants.

(Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online)

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