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Accidents With Lathes

If you have sustained injuries while using a lathe, it is crucial that you are aware of your legal rights in reference to product liability and workers compensation.

When accidents with lathes can be associated to a defect in the equipment, the likelihood is to pursue additional damages, on the grounds of products liability, from the manufacturer.

Dangers Associated with Lathes

The purpose of using a lathe is to shape various materials by abrading and cutting material pressed up against it.

Metal and wood are the materials used most frequently; however, lathes are capable to shape others as well.

A host of safety features are usually equipped on a lathe to make certain that the likelihood of accidents with lathes are diminished, and that employees can shut off the device quickly when a hazardous situation arises.

Several of the injuries which can happen when these safety features are not correctly installed, or fail to function accordingly, entail the following:

Through the use of protective eyewear, these injuries can often be mitigated. There is a likelihood for lathes to propel debris or objects into the face of a bystander or the operator at high-speeds.


This can result in permanent injury loss connected to an eye injury.

Lathes with defects may subject employees to an electrical shock, which may result in heart failure, loss of consciousness, electrical burns, and various catastrophic injuries.

There is a possibility for the machine’s moving parts to crush or break bones; these sustained injuries may require long-term care over time for restoration of mobility, and to alleviate pain.

In the circumstance of a head injury, there is a likelihood for the victim to sustain permanent damage to the brain, which may manifest over time subsequent to the accident.

Extensive effects of these injuries can entail the loss of memory, loss of cognitive function, a challenge to concentrate, and a challenge to perform motor functions.


Whether because of a severe disfigurement, the loss of a body part from the accident, or the infection of an injured limb, individuals have been in incidents where they lose arms, hands, and fingers.

The loss of a limb can be overwhelming from an emotional and physical standpoint. This can result in a change in the quality of living of the victim forever.

While skin and muscle can heal, nerves do not have that ability. If a key nerve has sustained injuries in accidents with lathes, it may cause the inability to move an affected limb, loss of sensation, or neuropathy, which may cause tingling, pain, and, in the affected area, other sensations.

In the circumstance that the hair or clothing of a victim gets caught in the equipment, the victim can be pulled violently into the lathe, which can result in injuries sustained, from the ensuing contact, to the spine.


A respected attorney can make certain you have the ability to cover all of your compensatory needs through examination of every avenue possible to recover damages when reviewing your legal case.

Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797.

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