Marissa coal plant sued by worker whose toe was amputated

By Andrea Dearden | Dec 11, 2012

The owner of a Marissa power plant is being sued after a construction worker says his toe was cut off on the job site.

Brian Purdy filed a lawsuit Nov. 7 against Prairie State Generating Company LLC in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Purdy says he was working for Bechtel Construction Company in November 2010 and assigned to remove a tack weld from a 2500-pound piece of steel at the Marissa coal plant. Purdy claims he believed the steel piece was being supported during the removal process.

However, while removing the weld, Purdy says the more than one-ton piece of steel fell and amputated a toe on his right foot. Purdy accuses Prairie State Generating of negligence for allegedly failing to maintain a safe work environment.

Purdy seeks more than $50,000 in damages for medical expenses, loss of income and court costs. He is represented by attorney Patricia A. Zimmer of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No.12-L-603

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