A Bakersfield man who was badly injured by flying shrapnel during the August 2013 demolition of an old power plant owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has reached a settlement with the utility.
As an electric utility provider and due the nature of a power plant demolition, Pacific Gas and Electric would be held to a higher legal standard of care under California law in this type of claim. They have filed a “cross complaint” against the contractor they hired to do the actual work. However, under California law they would still legal liability and the settlement reflects their acknowledgment of that duty. It is interesting that there is no mention of any claims directly by the plaintiff against the contractor but, it is assumed that such claims were also asserted.
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