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United Envelope worker sues for alleged injuries from hand caught in machine

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By Charmaine Little | Aug 12, 2019


Jurewicz

SCRANTON – An Albrightsville couple are seeking damages from the manufacturer of a machine after the husband suffered injuries while manufacturing envelopes at his workplace.

Krzysztof Ziolkiewicz and Agnieszka Ziolkiewicz sued Winkler + Dunnebier GMBH, W+D North America, Inc. and Barry-Wehmiller Cos Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on July 22 over allegations of negligence and strict liability.

The suit states Krzysztof Ziolkiewicz was in an accident on Oct. 23, 2018, during his time at United Envelope LLC in Mount Pocono. On that day, he alleges he was assigned to the Winkler + Dunnebier 380RD Machine. The suit states his left hand got caught in “an inadequately guarded in-running nip point created by the rotating cylinders at the outfeed area of the drying tower resulting in severe degloving hand injuries."

The plaintiffs allege the machine was unsafe and had a defective design.

The plaintiffs allege W+D was aware that the device involved in the accident wasn’t correctly put together and could have been a risk that would cause serious harm.

“As a direct and factual result of the aforementioned defective design and unsafe condition of this W+D 380 Machine, as sold and supplied by defendant W+D, plaintiff suffered the injuries and damages," the suit states.

The plaintiffs seek a trial by jury, interest, actual damages, costs of suit and other relief. The plaintiffs are represented by Richard M. Jurewicz and Brooke J. Elmi of Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania case number 3:19-cv-01269

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