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Former worker suing Publix

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Updated: 7/22/2013 10:51 pm
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."
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Papakilo - 7/23/2013 11:01 AM
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All machines are dangerous when operating. Common sense tells us not to put our hands or feet into moving machinery. Blaming a machine for plain stupidity is senseless. You would not stick your limbs into a fan, under a lawn mower, near the fan on a car, or in the tracks of an escalator, or operating conveyor belt. Things happen to those who don't THINK. Sometimes they are called accidents but, most are due to the careless act of self-negligence. I feel sorry for the woman but, what happened was her own fault, plain and simple.

Kvic2112 - 7/23/2013 10:57 AM
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"She reached into a moving conveyor belt to grab a piece of discarded corn husk, when her glove caught in the moving parts." Does anyone see a problem with that?

Realchange - 7/23/2013 1:20 AM
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If there has been other accidents with that machine then they need to get rid of the damn thing, or put in extensive safety procedures. Require the machine to be shut down when cleaning anywhere near it with safety lines in place when it is running to keep people away from it. She was probably doing what she was told to do. How do you replace a fore arm and good hand? Answer is you can't. 75,000 is very small sum for a limb.
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