American Machinist

Product-liability claim reinstated.(Law & Liability)

Sprung v. MTR Ravensburg Inc., 788 N.E.2d 620 (N.Y.App. 2003), New York Court of Appeals, April 3, 2003.

RONALD SPRUNG WAS EMPLOYED AS an assembler at the General Electric Turbine Assembly Plant in Schenectady, N.Y., affixing metal fan blades to large steam-turbine-shaft rotors suspended on lathes. Most of the lathes at the plant were on the factory floor, and scaffolding enabled workers to reach the upper parts of the rotor.

However, one lathe--the MTR Ravensburg lathe--was installed in a pit about 10 ft below the factory floor. Assemblers would reach the lower portions of the rotor on that lathe by a stairway into the pit. To give workers a place to stand while working on the upper portion of the rotor on the Ravensburg lathe, General Electric built a retractable floor consisting of large sheetmetal panels attached to the walls of the pit. …

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