Injured workman sues power company

A former Caribbean Utilities Company worker who suffered severe injuries in an explosion at the company’s George Town power plant is suing for damages.

Kurt Scott, who was flown to Miami in critical condition immediately after the accident, has filed a writ seeking compensation for the injuries he suffered in the 2011 blast. The writ alleges his injuries were caused by negligence, breach of duty or breach of contract on the part of CUC.

Mr. Scott, who is reportedly still receiving ongoing treatment in the U.S., was one of two men hurt in the incident at one of the 9-megawatt diesel generators at the North Sound power plant. The other man, Arney Ebanks, whose injuries were less severe, is not involved in the lawsuit.

At the time, CUC executives said the cause of the explosion was unknown and they would be conducting an investigation.

A spokesman for government’s Employment Relations Inspection and Compliance Department also said it would be investigating.

The results of those inquiries have not been publicly revealed, and the cause of the explosion remains unexplained. CUC declined to comment on the lawsuit or the status of its investigation.

The two-page legal document filed on behalf of Mr. Scott suggests CUC was culpable.

“The plaintiffs claim is for damages for personal injuries and consequential loss and damage caused by the negligence and/or breach of duty and/or breach of contract of the defendant, its employees, servants or agents … on or about 28 January 2011 at around 12:30 p.m. when the plaintiff was severely injured by an explosion in the engine room on the defendant’s premises, being the electrical plant on Grand Cayman.”

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