Contract workers from Texas and Louisiana injured in a 2018 explosion at a Wisconsin refinery won a court ruling in their favor Monday in their civil lawsuit charging negligence by the refinery owner.
The state district court in Douglas County, Wisconsin, ruled against Husky Energy in their motion to dismiss the suit, Wisconsin Public Radio reports.
Seven workers for Evergreen North America and Jamar Contractors charge that Husky ordered them to return to the refinery after an Initial evacuation before the April 2018 explosion. The workers were conducting a five-week maintenance “turnaround.”
The explosion took place about 45 minutes later, the suit charges. The workers suffered neck and back injuries, shrapnel wounds, concussions, hearing loss and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Judge Daniel Tolan ruled that Husky could be liable for punitive damages in the case as well.
“If (the company) did not affirmatively order them to re-enter, (the workers) would not have been in such close proximity to the explosion and more than likely would not have suffered such large injuries,” Tolan said.