A $41 million out-of-court settlement between victims and contractors involved in the April 23, 1987, collapse of the L'Ambiance Plaza building will be signed next week now that the last roadblock has been removed, officials said.

On Monday, federal safety officials said they would drop a record $5.1 million in fines against five companies involved in constructing the building in Bridgeport.U.S. District Judge Robert Zampano said Monday that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration agreed to accept a total of $430,000 in fines, which covers the cost of the federal investigation.

Twenty-eight men died in the collapse of the apartment building and 16 others were injured.

Zampano said that without the cooperation of OSHA officials, a settlement "would not have been possible."