Worker Is Suing After Sustaining Catastrophic Brain Injuries

A Summerhill couple is seeking more than $150,000 from Siemans AG, because they say the German conglomerate is liable for the husband’s catastrophic brain injuries, which were sustained in an industrial accident.

According to the suit, Morgan Construction Co. of Massachusetts (part of Siemans) sold Bethlehem Steel a wire drawing machine it made. Joseph Jarvie was working for Johnstown Wire Technologies (which took over the Bethlehem operation) when a wire recoiled and allegedly penetrated Jarvie’s brain. The suit also says that Jarvie suffered gait dysfunction, balance disorder, depression, and nervous system damage as a result of the brain injuries sustained during the accident.

The couple is suing Siemans for failure to provide a mechanical clamping device and to provide breaking device for the die to spool to keep restraint wire under tension after it had been cut, as well as designing a machine was in an unsafe and dangerous condition.

Worker’s injury prompts lawsuit, The Tribune-Democrat, June 19, 2009
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