HUNTINGTON -- A Cabell County woman has sued for injuries to her fingers and hand she sustained on the job.

Samantha Ann Ferguson filed the lawsuit Sept. 10 in Cabell Circuit Court against Zim's Bagging Company. Ferguson worked for Zim's on Sept. 12, 2007, when she was injured while working on a Polystar Bagging System machine as a packer. She says her hand was pulled into the machine.

"Because the defendant had removed the guards from the Bagging Machine, plaintiff suffered serious injuries to her fingers and hand, as well as other injuries related to the accident," the complaint states. "Plaintiff also suffered serious emotional distress and other damages."

Ferguson claims the lack of safety and training caused her to suffer the injuries, and she claims other workers have sustained similar injuries before and since her incident.

She claims Zim's didn't properly train employees to use the bagging machine, didn't provide enough safety measures for workers using the machine, didn't conduct proper safety meetings and didn't provide proper supervision.

Ferguson seeks compensatory and other damages, as well as attorney fees, court costs and other relief.

Beckley attorney Michael E. Froble is representing Ferguson. The case has been assigned to Judge F. Jane Hustead.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 09-C-733

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