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Product Manufacturer and Employer Pay $175,000 for Hand Injury

Amount: $175,000
Court: Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Plaintiff was injured on a die cast machine rebuilt by Die-Tech Industries, Ltd., when the die halves closed while he was removing a part. The employer had removed a switch originally supplied by the rebuilder, associated with interlocking the operator door, and replaced it with a switch which could be bumped by the operator and which would allow the dies to close with the operator gate open. The employer claimed it didn’t have the requisite knowledge to be liable for an Employer Intentional Tort. The manufacturer blamed the employer for the accident because it removed the originally supplied switch, which if present would have prevented the accident. The Plaintiff sustained a crushing injury to right dominant hand with amputation of right index finger.

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