Personal Injury

Workplace amputation blamed on defective machinery

2874245 2874245 industrial gears background 316x210 Workplace amputation blamed on defective machineryA Pennsylvania cardboard box factory worker has filed a lawsuit against Bobst Lyon and Bobst Mex SA claiming the companies were liable for an allegedly defective Martin 924 Flexo-Folder-Gluer machine that seriously injured him, leading to the amputation of his arm.

The suit was filed by Ryan Mohammad on March 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming Bobst Lyon and Bobst Mex SA made and sold a defective machine to Mohammad’s employer, Mid-Atlantic Packaging located in Montgomeryville. The lawsuit alleges that by doing so, the companies did not take necessary steps to prevent worker injury.

The Martin 924 is a multi-purpose machine that first prints the box design, then the shape is cut in a rotary die cutter with multiple blades. It is a powerful machine designed to slice through thick corrugated cardboard, and if manufactured correctly, is precise enough to create perfect creases for folding the box into shape before finally being glued together.

While using the machine, Mohammad suffered amputation and loss of the use of his left hand, as well as other serious physical injuries. He blames the manufacturer for improperly designing the machine. Mohammad is requesting a trial by jury and is seeking in excess of $150,000, plus interest and the court’s cost accumulation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, around 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2015, which is equivalent to about 3 cases per 100 full-time workers. The Beasley Allen Law Firm helps ensure that manufacturers are held responsible for the injuries inflicted on workers by defective machinery.  If you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace accident, contact Beasley Allen for a free legal consultation.