American Machinist

Widow's suit reinstated.(Law & Liability)

Hannah v. Greeg, Bland & Berry & Berry Inc., 840 So. 2d 839 (Ala. Sup. Ct. 2002). Supreme Court of Alabama, April 26, 2002.

ON MAY 23, 1996, JERRY HANNAH, a quality-control inspector for Reynolds Metals Co. in Alabama, was crushed to death between a belt wrapper and a recoiler. Both machines were part of a continuous annealing line (CAL). The belt wrapper was used to wind long sheets of aluminum as the aluminum left an annealing oven. The belt wrapper moved toward the recoiler to start the process of winding the aluminum into rolls.

The accident occurred when Hannah was inspecting the recoiler. His co-worker, Roy Gieske, had stopped the recoiler so that Hannah could check the aluminum for defects. …

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