Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 22, 2013, 7:43am

LUFKIN - An Angelina County man has filed a lawsuit claiming he fractured his wrist while changing a roller on a conveyor belt.

Phillip Ellis filed suit against Temple Associates Inc. on Sept. 3 in Angelina County District Court. The defendant removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division on Oct. 16.

The incident occurred on March 12, 2012, when Ellis was on the premises of Temple Associates.  According to the lawsuit, Ellis was assisting another employee changing a roller on a conveyor belt when the roller fell on his wrist. He sustained injuries to his left wrist and arm, the suit claims.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide Ellis with a safe working environment, failing to ensure that the equipment used in the performance of the work was in compliance with all applicable safety standards, failing to provide Ellis with safe and/or proper equipment, and failing to properly supervise and enforce safety procedures and regulations designed to protect Ellis and others.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, interest and court costs.

Ellis is represented by Jill S. Chatelain of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele & Chatelain in Port Arthur. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 9:13-cv-00265

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