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Workers remembered in 15th anniversary of Miller Park crane accident

Posted on July 15, 2014 11:56 am under

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently released a 15th anniversary article remembering the workers who lost their lives during the construction of Miller Park in Milwaukee.

On July 14, 1999 three ironworkers, Jeffery Wischer, Jerome Starr, and William DeGrave were killed when a Big Blue crane collapsed at the ballpark. At the time of the accident all three men were in the crane’s basket and fell 300 ft to the ground.

The victims’ widows sought the help of Attorney Robert Habush to bring legal action against Mitsubishi and Lampson International Ltd. for costing the workers their lives. Mitsubishi leased the crane from Lampson, the crane’s designer, for the project at Miller Park, and before his death, Wischer expressed concern to his wife over the safety of the work site.

Attorney Habush sued the liable companies in August of 1999, and in December of 2000, a jury awarded $99.25 million dollars to the victims’ widows, claiming that Mitsubishi was largely at fault for the accident. Later in 2006, the widows collected $30 million more in an out-of-court settlement.

A statue donated by Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®  sits outside of Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, with a plaque dedicated to the remembrance of Jeffery Wischer, Jerome Starr, and William DeGrave.