- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A Clark County jury on Monday awarded nearly $1 million to a welder who was injured on the job.

The Columbian reports (https://is.gd/6DSzed ) Charles Pamplin was injured in a December 2010 oil rig construction accident.

Pamplin was one of hundreds of workers hired to work on a BP oil rig that would be sent via ship to Alaska. The Houma, Louisiana, resident fell from unsecured scaffolding while working on the rig at the Thompson Metal Fab yard in Vancouver. He shattered his left foot and heel. The injury left him with chronic pain and limited mobility.

Pamplin’s attorney argued during the trial that the fall could have been prevented if the company had followed its own safety procedures.

After a seven-day trial and only a few hours of deliberation, the jury reached its verdict Monday.

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Information from: The Columbian, https://www.columbian.com

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