Worker Burned in Explosion During Stadium Renovation Settles Lawsuit for $22M

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A worker badly burned in a 2022 explosion during renovation work on the University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium has settled his lawsuit against the project’s general contractor for $22 million, his attorney says.

According to The Associated Press, citing a report in the Madison-based Wisconsin State Journal, the settlement in Jeremy Rose’s lawsuit against JP Cullen & Sons was reached 10 days before the civil trial was scheduled to begin last month in Dane County, attorney Daniel Rottier said Tuesday.

Rose was working for Maly Roofing, a subcontractor of JP Cullen & Sons, on April 13, 2022, when a Cullen foreman used a flame torch to dry an area of the floor of an enclosed mechanical room beneath the football stadium as Rose and another Maly worker were applying a flammable material to the floor.

The torch sparked an explosion, and Rose was burned over 70 percent of his body when he tried to run from the room but stumbled, spilling primer on himself, according to court documents. He has since undergone surgeries and required extensive medical care.

Rottier said Cullen failed to follow industry safety standards by not requiring that a “hot work” permit be obtained before using the open-flame torch. To get a permit, an inspection is required by a supervisor who would look for hazards, the AP reported.

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