August, 1997 – Mr. Scoggins was an experienced meat cutter. One of the saws that he operated was a model 5700 slant saw manufactured by the Hobart Corporation. Mr. Scoggins was injured on the job when, during his operation of the machine, the slanted blade unpredictably snatched a piece of meat, rolled in forward and snatched it into the slanted blade with such velocity that Mr. Scoggins was unable to remove his hand before some of his fingers were cut off by the saw.
The Hobart Corporation knew as early as 1982 that it was exposing meat cutters to the probability of losing fingers and hands in this saw. In spite of its knowledge of the dangers of the saw, the Hobart Corporation made a conscious decision not to eliminate the known hazard of this dangerous slanted blade. As a result, the Hobart Corporation has been sued over 25 times regarding the model 5700 slanted blade saw. In 3 of the cases that were tried, including this one, juries returned multi-million dollar verdicts because of the horrific conduct exhibited by the Hobart Corporation.