Another defendant settles conveyor belt injury suit

Amelia Flood Apr. 11, 2011, 1:56am


Another defendant has settled in a man's personal injury suit related to a conveyor belt made by PKM Machine, now known as Siem Ag-PKM GMBLL.

Defendant RCS Construction Inc. moved for a finding of good faith for a settlement it reached with plaintiff David Phillips on April 1.

The settlement comes after RCS lost a summary judgment move when Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge signed an order denying it March 28.

RCS has agreed to pay Phillips $12,500.

Phillips sued RCS and several other defendants over injuries he allegedly suffered in 2005 while working at an Olin facility in East Alton.

Phillips claims he injured himself when he slipped and fell into a roller conveyor belt made by PKM.

Defendant GRP Mechanical Company, Inc., RCS, Cardinal Contracting LLC and J.F. Electric Inc. all had hands in installing the machine and the area surrounding it, the suit clamed.

Defendant Intergrated Industrial Systems Inc. is alleged to have advised Olin on what conveyor belt to purchase.

The plaintiff alleges that the device had design flaws, that there were not guards installed to protect workers and that the defendants created a trip hazard.

The defendants also filed counterclaims against one another.

Cardinal and J.F. Electric settled with Phillips earlier this year.

Mudge is now set to hold a pre-trial in the suit at 9 a.m. on April 14.

The case is set for trial April 18.

Roy Dripps represents Phillips.

John Cunningham represents RCS.

Kevin Babb and Lloyd Williams Jr. represent PKM.

Pamela Triplett represents Intergrated Industrial.

The case is Madison case number 07-L-821.

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