[An] extruder is designed to separate liquid from solid mass. Materials are loaded into an area called the hopper. A hydraulic ram then compresses the materials, forcing them into a perforated discharge chute. At the bottom of the discharge chute, a hydraulically powered door (the plenum) lowers to hold the materials under pressure to condense the remaining materials….[These are used] for the purpose of extracting liquid from food waste to be used in hog feed.
Mr. Nereus Montemayor lost both of his legs above the knee when he entered into a jammed Bright Technologies high-density extruder to unjam the machine and a co-worker turned on the extruder with Mr. Montemayor inside it.
Was this life-changing accident sufficiently “foreseeable” to the manufacturer that a products liability lawsuit against it should survive its motion for summary judgment?