HUNTINGTON -- A woman and her husband have filed suit against Cabell Huntington Hospital after they say a conveyor belt collapsed on the woman.

Karen and Robert Estep say Karen Estep worked as a dishwasher at Cabell Huntington and was required to operate an industrial dishwashing machine.

According to the complaint filed Aug. 31 in Cabell Circuit Court, the machine was located next to a conveyor belt that would move dishes to the machine.

If needed, the conveyor belt could be lifted to a 90-degree angle and would be held in place by a safety latch. However, sometime before August 2007, the latch had broken, so Karen Estep's advisor had replaced it with a piece of wire, the suit states.

On Aug. 31, 2007, the wire broke, and the conveyor belt fell on top of Karen Estep's head, the complaint says.

Because of the incident, Karen Estep claims she was seriously injured.
As a result, Robert Estep has been deprived of his wife's services, support and consortium.

In the two-count suit, the Esteps are seeking special and compensatory damages, plus attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

They will be represented by Larry O. Ford and Michael L. Glasser of Meyer, Ford and Glasser in Charleston and by Eric B. Snyder and Jonathan R. Marshall of Bailey and Glasser in Charleston.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 09-C-709

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