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$250,000 Settlement for Process Technician in Vitamin Drier Accident

Weinhofer v. Defendants

Case Synopsis:

Our client was a 38-year-old process technician who was employed by a pharmaceutical company that produces vitamins.  On the date of the accident, our client was required to monitor an industrial drier as it was being washed.  The process of washing the machine involved flushing it with water and removing a neoprene sleeve that was attached to a rotary airlock. After the cleaning was complete our client noticed condensation on the discharge portion of the rotary airlock.  Our client reached into the machine with a rag to wipe the airlock, at which time the tips of his long, ring and index fingers were lacerated by the rotary impeller blades.  Our client believed that the airlock was powered down and not running at the time he placed his hand into the device.

The rotary airlock, designed by defendants, was defective as designed because it did not contain a fixed, perforated guard for the airlock device that would have prevented our client’s hand from coming in to contact with the impeller blades.

Our client suffered an amputation of his half of his long and ring fingers as a result of the accident.

Outcome:

The hand injury lawsuit settled before trial for $250,000.  The case was handled by Philadelphia products liability attorney, Richard M. Jurewicz, of Galfand Berger. For more information on this case or discuss a possible personal injury lawsuit, please call the law firm at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or contact us online.