PKM conveyor belt injury trial pushed off; had been set today

Amelia Flood Apr. 18, 2011, 2:55am


A trial involving conveyor belt injuries suffered at an East Alton Olin plant has been continued.

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge signed an order April 12 granting a move to continue the suit brought by David Phillips.

The case had been set to pick a jury today at 9 a.m.

The new trial date is July 18 at 9 a.m. with a pretrial conference set four days before.

Two defendants remain in the 2007 suit – PKM Machine, now known as Siem Ag-PKM GMBLL and Intergrated Industrial Systems Inc.

Phillips sued the pair along with RCS Construction Inc., GRP Mechanical Company Inc., Cardinal Contracting LLC, and J.F. Electric Inc. four years ago for damages he claims to have suffered after tripping and falling into a roller conveyor belt machine made by PKM.

Phillips claims that PKM made a machine that was unreasonably dangerous.

He alleges that Intergrated Industrial Systems gave Olin – Phillips' employer – bad advice
about what conveyor belt to install at its East Alton facility.

He alleges that the other defendants were negligent in the installation of the machine and in creating trip hazards near it.

Olin had been named as a third-party defendant in the suit but was dismissed.

RCS became the most recent defendant to drop out of the suit.

RCS settled earlier this month, paying Phillips $12,500.

The settlement came after the company lost a summary judgment move.

Roy Dripps represents the plaintiff.

Kevin Babb and others represent PKM.

Pamela Triplett represents Intergrated Industrial.

The suit's Monday trial would have begun at 9 a.m.

An April 14 pre-trial conference in the case was also canceled by Mudge's April 12 order.

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

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