JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville women who lost part of her arm in a conveyor belt accident is suing Publix Supermarkets.
Appiffane West was working the cleaning crew on September 7, 2011, at the Publix Distribution Center on Beaver Street in Jacksonville.She reached into a moving conveyor belt to grab a piece of discarded corn husk, when her glove caught in the moving parts.
Attorney Steve Pajcic said "Her glove got caught and sucked in the conveyor and her hand, and her arm was literally ripped off her body."
According to Pajcic, four other Publix workers have had fingers amputated at that same distribution center.
West is suing for more than $75,000. Her attorney says that machine was unsafe and has been for years before West's accident.
Action News reached out to Publix for comment. Director of Media and Community Relations Maria Brous said, "The safety of our workers and customers is a top priority, but we can't comment on pending litigation."