Faculty Advisor

Hagglund, Raymond R.


This project will deal with the basic principles and fundamentals of products liability and its association with engineering. The cases in question were analyzed independently using the basic principles of products liability and engineering practice. Pending lawsuits were analyzed through the investigation of actual depositions, statements, manuals, standards and pictures. Three distinct cases were used for this analysis. Each case involved an accident and was put through the litigation process for the purpose of accident reconstruction and monetary settlement. Throughout the reconstruction process the project groups were asked to question the effectiveness and proper handling of machinery. The first was a 10" Skil table saw, the second involved a 9000 gallon tanker truck and a Dodge Aries, and the third involves an MGS wire spooling machine and its operator. The final stage of the project was a mock trial. At this mock trial we present our case on one of the above topics. Here we show what compelling evidence led to our final conclusions. By completing this project, our group gained a clear understanding of the implication of products liability in everyday life and in the engineering process. This allows us to view each with an ethical, moral and scientific understanding apart from the legal.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering