Vincent P. Nertavich alleges that on September 23, 2007, he fell 40 feet from an electric transmission tower he was painting, according to the Reading Eagle. The accident caused him to suffer back injuries that left him with broken legs, a brain injury that led to anxiety and short-term memory loss, and left him three and a half inches shorter.
Nertavich claimed that it was the negligence of the company in failing to provide and require the use of appropriate safety equipment when workers ascended the 90-foot transmission tower.
The jury returned a $4.6 million verdict, but found PPL to be responsible for 51 percent of the accident, which reduced Nertavich’s award to $2.3 million. Partial blame was placed on Nertavich’s employer, which PPL hired for the job.