Court: Workers not injured in Connecticut blast can’t sue

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that more than 40 workers who weren’t injured but lost their jobs in a deadly power plant explosion can’t sue several contractors for hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages.

Justices issued a 6-0 decision Wednesday saying case law in most parts of the country doesn’t allow such lawsuits, and letting uninjured workers sue in such situations would likely significantly increase litigation without resulting in a corresponding safety increase.

The ruling upheld a 2013 trial court decision.

The 2010 blast during construction of the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown killed six workers and injured about 50 others. Federal regulators fined several companies more than $16 million for 371 alleged safety and workplace violations.

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