Washington DOC Pays $15,000 for Scaffolding Injury
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Petrycki v. State of Washington and DOC
In 1997, the State of Washington and the Department of Corrections paid Michael W. Petrycki $15,000. Petrycki, a prisoner confined at Airway Heights Corrections Center in Airway Heights, Washington, suffered a head injury as he followed his supervisor to work. On 1994, AHCC paint department, supervised by Tom Fields, erected a scaffolding above the rear door of the electrical shop in order to paint the space above the doorway. As there were no signs or warnings to indicate that the scaffolding or any other obstructions were there, Petrycki, struck his forehead on the scaffolding upon entering the electrical shop as he followed behind his supervisor Mr. Albrecht. In 1997, Petrycki, through his attorney Lloyd Herman, filed a tort claim alleging that the DOC was negligent in securing the area. The State of Washington and DOC paid Petrycki $15,000 to settle the claim. See: Petrycki v. the State of Washington and DOC, case no. 31027639-01.