Mudge set for final pre-trial in conveyor belt injury suit in July

Amelia Flood Jun. 30, 2011, 4:25am


Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge will hold the final pre-trial in a conveyor belt injury case has been set for trial several times in the coming weeks.

The final pre-trial in the suit brought by plaintiff David Phillips is now set for July 14 at 9 a.m. in an order signed by Mudge June 24.

Phillips originally sued PKM Machine, now known as Siem Ag-PKM GMBLL, Integrated Industrial Systems Inc., RCS Construction Inc., GRP Mechanical Company Inc., Cardinal Contracting LLC, and J.F. Electric Inc. in 2007 over injuries he claims to have suffered when he tripped and fell into a rolling conveyor belt while working at an Olin Corp. plant in East Alton.

The case is set for trial four days after the pre-trial conference on July 18 at 9 a.m.

Phillips claims that Siem Ag-PKM GMBLL made a machine that was unreasonably dangerous.

He claims that Integrated Industrial gave Olin bad advice about what machine to buy and install.

The plaintiffs alleged that the other defendants were negligent in how they installed the machine and created a trip hazard.

Olin was brought into the suit via third-party claims but has since dropped out.

Siem Ag-PKM GMBLL and Integrated Industrial Systems Inc. are the only two defendants remaining in the suit.

Other defendants in the case settlement.

The most recent settling defendant in the suit, RCS, paid out $12,500 in an April settlement with Phillips.

The suit had been set for trial in April.

That trial was cancelled.

Roy Dripps represents the plaintiff.

Kevin Babb and others represent Siem-Ag.

Pamela Triplett represents Intergrated Industrial.

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

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