Mittal Steel settles Chesterton man's federal lawsuit for $500,000

2012-11-19T14:30:00Z 2012-11-20T11:00:04Z Mittal Steel settles Chesterton man's federal lawsuit for $500,000Marisa Kwiatkowski, (219) 662-5333

HAMMOND | Mittal Steel has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a Chesterton man who was injured on the job, federal court records show.

Christopher Molnar sued the company in 2007, claiming Mittal officials knew or should have known about the dangerous condition of the metal floor on the sixth level of the Preheat Building in East Chicago. Molnar fell 24 feet after the metal flooring gave way on July 6, 2005, court records state.

He was working as a team leader to check and assist workers with banding asbestos pipe insulation at the time.

Molnar said he was both temporarily and permanently injured in the accident, court records show.

Attorneys representing Mittal Steel and Trustee Rebecca Fischer, who took over as plaintiff when Molnar filed for bankruptcy, could not be reached Monday for comment.

Fischer said she cannot comment on a pending case, but a motion she filed in Molnar's bankruptcy case said his creditors will be paid in full by the settlement.

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