A Bethalto man claims he sustained serious injuries after a trailer collapsed while he was using a forklift to load products onto it.

Marc Irvin filed a lawsuit Sept. 6 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against M.J. Resurrection doing business as Fresh Warehousing.

In his complaint, Irvin claims he was working at the Capri Sun plant located in Sauget on Dec. 15, 2009, and was using a forklift to place products onto a Fresh Warehousing trailer. Suddenly, the trailer collapsed, causing the forklift to crash, according to the complaint.

Because of the incident, Irvin sustained great pain, suffering and disability and lost his normal life, the suit states. In addition, he incurred medical costs and lost earnings, the complaint says.

Irvin blames Fresh Warehousing for causing his injuries, saying it failed to provide a trailer free from defects, failed to set the parking brake on the vehicle, failed to set the landing gear on the trailer, failed to ensure the landing gear was set on a hard, level surface and failed to warn Irvin that the trailer could collapse without warning.

In his complaint, Irvin seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Peter S. Blasi and Dawn Kamadulski O'Leary of Roth Evans in Granite City will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-497.

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