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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A jury has awarded a Maine man $489,000 for injuries he suffered while performing welding work at a trash-to-energy plant.

Attorney Peter Clifford says a York County Superior Court jury on Wednesday awarded damages to 48-year-old Joseph Bordeau, from the western Maine town of Mexico.

Clifford says Bordeau was performing welding work at the Maine Energy Recovery Co. plant in 2009 when he was pinned to an I-beam by a heavy metal object that was being hoisted by a chain by a MERC crew.

He says Bordeau now suffers from chronic back pain and can work only four hours a day.

The MERC plant is no longer in operation.

A call to Casella Waste Systems, which owned the plant, wasn't immediately returned.

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