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Billue v. Aetna Life Insurance Co.

United States District Court, W.D. Missouri, Central Division

June 5, 2015

JOY M. BILLUE, Plaintiff,
v.
AETNA LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendants.

ORDER

NANETTE K. LAUGHREY, District Judge.

Pending before the Court are the cross motions for summary judgment of Plaintiff Joy Billue and Defendant Aetna Life Insurance Company. [Docs. 21 and 23]. For the reasons set forth below, Defendant's motion for summary judgment, Doc. 23, is granted. Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, Doc. 21, is denied.

I. Undisputed Facts

A. Billue's Benefits and the Plan Document

Billue worked as a utility operator for Hubbell Power Systems in Centralia, Missouri until May 26, 2011. [R. 335]. The job description for this position is as follows:

Operator will be required to set-up, operate, and to adjust machines and equipment in order to produce a good quality product. Examples of machines and equipment are, but not limited to, crane, forklift, hoist, spinner, tumbler, reclaimer, boiler, and other department equipment.
Processes performed will be, but not limited to, inspecting, gauging, counting, pickling, galvanizing, tumbling, drossing, reclaiming, racking, stacking, loading, and unloading.
Operator must have the ability to interpret routing sheets and have the ability to satisfactorily use measuring devises, and perform SPC as required.
Operator may be required to make visual inspections, separate parts, record production, record scrap, keep required production records, and other operations as required.
Operator will be required to maintain acid concentration and temperatures of liquids in accordance with company procedures.
Operator will be required to furnish own hand tools.
Operator will be required to maintain machines, equipment, and work area in a clean and orderly manner. Operator must ensure that any hazardous waste generated must be properly packaged and labeled before removing from his/her area.

[R. 145]. In order to perform these job functions, Hubbell requires that utility operators meet the following physical standards:

Ability to sit and/or stand and perform repetitive work for a minimum of eight hours.
Ability to walk, hear, see, and have full use of both hands.
Ability to lift 50 lbs. from floor to waist and waist to floor.
Ability to lift in excess of 65 lbs.
Ability to pull 60 lbs. suspended by a crane into the proper position.
Ability to lift 30 lbs. and carry a distance of 4 feet at a ...

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