A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Madison County against the makers of a lathe that is reported to have killed her son. The mother has filed a lawsuit against a machinery company after her son was killed in a workplace death. According to the Illinois wrongful death complaint, the woman’s son, who was a minor, was working for a Madison County company in July 2009. While he was working and attempting to polish a steel bar with a high speed lathe built by a machinery company, the lathe allegedly malfunctioned causing the steel bar to become stuck in the machine. A lathe is a machine tool that rotates the workpiece on its axis to perform various workplace operations, such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, or deformation with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object that has symmetry about an axis of rotation. Lathes are used in woodturning, metalworking, metal spinning, and glass working. They can also be used to shape pottery.
In this situation, the Illinois wrongful death complaint states that the young man was attempting to polish a steel bar with a high speed lathe when the lathe malfunctioned and caused the steel bar to get stuck in the machine. The steel bar then spun around and hit the wrongful death victim, causing his death. The wrongful death lawsuit accuses the company of negligence for knowingly building an unsafe lathe and for failing to warn its users of the dangers. The mother of the wrongful death victim is asking for more than $50,000 in damages for the loss of her son.
Read more about the wrongful death lawsuit is available at The Madison St. Clair Record.