American Machinist

Injured operator sues over alleged design defect. (Law & Liability).

PAUL MILLS WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF PLYMOUTH PACKAGING Co. On July 30, 1998, while he was operating a Flexo-Folder-Gluer machine, Mills's right hand was crushed when the work glove he wore got caught in the feeder roller of the machine. At the time of the accident, Mills was trying to sweep off scrap that had accumulated on the feed table, but his glove got caught in the pinch point of the rollers, pulling his right hand into the feeder rollers and crushing it between them. About a month before the accident, Plymouth had bought the machine, used, from Acme Corrugated Box Co., which had bought it in 1992 from the manufacturer, Officine Curioni, S.p.A, an Italian company. Plymouth, however, had similar machines, and Mills was used to operating them. …

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