Lathe Injury Lawyers
Vertical and metal lathe machines are one of the most dangerous types of industrial tools, resulting in hundreds of serious workplace accidents and deaths each year. These workplace accidents can occur in large industrial settings and factories, as well as in much smaller machine shops. We’ve even seen a horrific lathe machine accident fatality occur at a prestigious college, when a Yale University senior’s hair got caught in a lathe machine in the school’s chemistry lab.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a lathe machine accident you need the help of an experienced lathe injury lawyer. Please contact our team of lathe injury lawyers immediately for a free case analysis. They serve the entire United States including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnatti, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Diego, Oakland, El Paso, Dallas and Houston.
Lathe Machines Defined
A lathe is a machine used for shaping a piece of material, such as wood or metal, by rotating it rapidly along it axis while pressing a fixed cutting or abrading tool against it. Metal turning lathes are commonly used in the manufacturing industry for machining metal parts.
There are many factors that can cause industrial lathe accidents, which include defective machinery, failure to install proper lathe safety measures, failure to provide proper training regarding lathe machine safety, and failure to provide education on the known dangers associated with operating a metal, manual, CNC lathe or another type of lathe, and the use of lathe tools.
Lathe hazards include rotating parts, flying material chips and possible material kickbacks. Either engineering controls or machine guards are required for hazard reduction. Metal lathes and other types of machine shop lathe equipment must be fitted with guards to shield hands and clothing from moving parts. They should also be fitted with easily accessible shut off switches. The ability to shut down a lathe quickly during an emergency is essential. The equipment accidents that occur as a result of these missing safe guards are often severe and may even result in workplace fatalities.
Common Lathe Machine Injuries
- Finger, hand and arm amputations
- Finger, hand and arm crush injuries
- Struck by flying objects from the lathe machine
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Nerve Injury
- Eye injury & blindness
- Broken bones & fractures
- Clothing, gloves and hair getting entangled in machinery
- Spinal cord injuries
No matter what type of injury you sustained at work you may be eligible for benefits and financial compensation for your injuries. Contact our workers compensation attorneys today to discuss your case.
Fatal Work Accident Statistics
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported a preliminary total of 717 fatal work injuries as a result of contact with objects and equipment in 2013. This includes 105 workers who were fatally injured after being caught in running equipment or machinery.
OSHA requires employers to provide a workplace “free from recognized hazards by assessing and minimizing equipment hazards, training employees on proper use of equipment and enforcing safe work practices. OSHA provides rules and regulations to keep work environments safe and injury-free. This includes specific regulations regarding safety requirements for rotating devices, such as lathes, to help reduce workplace injuries and fatal accidents, including metal lathe accidents and other horrific lathe accidents. Employers are required to follow these rules.
What To Do If Injured In Lathe Accident
Defective machines, such as industrial lathes, are one of the most common causes of injuries in the workplace. These injuries are often severe and life altering. If you or someone you loved has been injured in a lathe accident or another industrial accident, you may be entitled to more than just workers’ compensation benefits. If you were the victim of a work injury as the result of faulty machinery, or if your injuries were the result of a third party, such as the equipment or lathe manufacturer, training company or landowner, you may have a personal injury claim. This many entitle you to full loss of income and pain and suffering.
Contact Our Workers’ Compensation LawyersThe experienced workers’ comp lawyers on our legal team will aggressively fight for your rights. They offer free consultations and charge no fees if they do not win for you.
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