Posted On: March 1, 2012 by Mark Bello of Lawsuit Financial Corp.

Lawsuits Filed in Wastewater Fatalities

Family members of two workers killed last April when an equalization basin wall holding untreated sewage collapsed on them at the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the city of Gatlinburg.

Six months later, safety officials announced their investigation concluded that there were no safety violations and blame the accident on a deficiency in the basin’s concrete wall construction. The workers were killed when the basin's east wall collapsed on top of a flow control building they were working in. The families filed separate lawsuits seeking $17 million in compensation from Gatlinburg and the engineers and contractors who worked on the basin that failed.

Last week, crews were working to demolish the 30-foot-high basin when a worker was fatally struck from behind by loose dirt and rock. No lawsuit has been filed at this time.

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