Another defendant drops out of consolidated conveyor belt injury cases against PKM

By Amelia Flood | May 4, 2011


Defendant RCS Construction Inc. has been dismissed from a pair of consolidated lawsuits brought over an injury an employee at an East Alton Olin Corporation plant allegedly suffered when he fell into a roller conveyor belt.

The dismissal, approved by Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge, leaves PKM Machine, now known as Siem AG-PKM GMBLL, as the only defendant standing in plaintiff David Phillips' 2007 suit.

Phillips sued RCS, PKM, GRP Mechanical Company Inc., Cardinal Contracting, J.F. Electric Inc., and Integrated Industrial Systems for damages in excess of $50,000.

Phillips alleges that a roller conveyor belt made by PKM was responsible for injuries he suffered when he tripped and fell into the machine six years ago.

He claims that RCS, Cardinal, and J.F. Electric were negligent in the machine's installation and created trip hazards that led to the accident.

He claims GRP didn't put the machine together properly.

The plaintiff claims that Intergrated gave his employer, Olin, bad advice about installation.

Phillips had filed a separate case against RCS in 2009.

The 2007 and 2009 suits were consolidated.

GRP was dismissed from the case in 2009.

Cardinal and J.F. Electric settled earlier this year with Phillips for a confidential amount.

RCS had objected to that settlement over set-off concerns.

Integrated settled for $8,500.

The suit's trial had been set earlier this year before Mudge but has been pushed off.

Roy Dripps represents Phillips.

Kevin Babb represents PKM. Lloyd Williams and Hanson Williams also represent PKM.

Mary Anne Mellow and Jonathan Barton represent Cardinal.

John Enright represents J.F. Electric.

Pamela Triplett represents Intergrated Industrial.

John Cunningham represents RCS and GRP.

The case is Madison case number 07-L-821. The 2009 case is Madison case number 09-L-983.

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