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Knitz v. Minster Machine Co.

Supreme Court of Ohio
432 N.E.2d 814 (1982)


Facts

Minster (defendant) manufactured a die press that delivered great force when activated. The press was typically activated with a button requiring two hands, to keep the operator’s hands outside of the danger area. Minster also sold an optional foot pedal that could activate the press instead of the two-hand button. Knitz (plaintiff) was using Minster’s die press with the foot pedal, when she accidentally depressed the foot pedal while her hand was on the press. The machine amputated two of her fingers, and Knitz brought a strict liability claim against Minster for her injuries. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Minster, and Knitz appealed the decision.

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