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Jury Awards Worker In Secaucus Construction Accident

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Silvano Santos, 41, of Newark, was injured in a construction accident four years ago. Last week he was awarded $6 million by a Hudson County jury as compensation for his right wrist which was shattered in the accident.

According to court records, Santos was injured January 12, 2005 when he went to get a tape measure at a job site and slipped on ice and fell from a second-story landing through an open hole onto the ground floor.

The guard rail that was placed around the hole was removed to construct a wall, but no alternative safety device was put in its place, as required by OSHA regulations.

He is unable to bend his wrist or hold anything of "great weight" between his index finger and thumb and suffers from "daily pain" that would measure six on a scale of ten, Reilly said.

Unable to work at all for four months after the accident, Santos had a metal plate, wires and screws inserted in his wrist and had the outside of his arm pinned to help repair fractures in his right hand, attorneys said.

Part of the award includes an allotted $28,652 for his outstanding medical bills.