A product liability case scheduled for trial in Circuit Court in Eufaula Monday morning was settled.
Stokes Moring who was represented by William H. “Bill” Robertson and Kendall C. Dunson of the law firm, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. in Montgomery, alleged in the lawsuit filed against Salem Equipment that their planer infeed table resulted in him losing his arm.
Moring was employed as a millright at Dixon Lumber Company in Eufaula. He was responsible for maintaining and repairing machinery in the saw mill.
His injury was sustained in December 2003 while he was attempting to replace a belt on the drive system of the infeed table. While removing an idler another employee who did not see Moring turned the machine on causing his left arm to be caught in the pulley.
The speed and force of the pulley ripped Morings’ arm from his body. The damage caused by the injury created severe phantom pain, a sensation experienced by people who have lost a limb, according to the plaintiff lawyers.
The infeed table that caused Moring’s injury was manufactured in 1975 by Salem Equipment Company. Dixon used the machine to automatically feed lumber into their planer machine. Standards called for the guarding of pulleys and belts of such equipment since the early 1900s which prevent accidents like the one Moring sustained.
Dunson said not only should the pulley have been guarded, but it should have been interlocked which prevents machines from being .