A Middletown man who was severely injured on a construction site has settled for $3 million during the second week of trial in Orange County Supreme Court. In 2001, our 52 year-old client was working as a diesel mechanic during the installation of a sprinkler system in a building at Stewart International Airport when a pipe connection separated under water pressure and exploded. He was hospitalized for nearly four months due to his extensive injureies, which included being impaled by eight inch bolts. Attorney George M. Levy argued that that the defendant was negligent in substituting a pipe connection which did not comply with connection specifications or National Fire Protection Association standards. There was also a negligence claim against a second defendant for failing to recognize the unsafe substitution. Both defendants agreed to settle before the testimony of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses.