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Machinist Killed in Lathe Accident

Machinist Killed in Lathe Accident

A North Carolina machinist was killed earlier this month as a metal rod departed the high-speed lathe on which he worked, striking and killing him.

The accident, which occurred at the Statesville machine shop facility of R.P Machine, happened as the victim, 62-year-old Leonard Key, of Mooresville, had been working on a lathe on the Cochran Street shop. A metal rod he was machining was ejected by the lathe at a high rate of speed and hit Key directly in the chest. He collapsed and was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.

Although the death was ruled accidental, an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, is ongoing.

Machinists have enough risks without adding to the risk by lack of training or absence of basic safety standards. Workers know some of the risks. But adding to those risks by individual negligence or under-training employees increases the on-the-job danger tremendously. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job through what you believe is negligence, The Doan Law Firm, P.C., led by Houston personal injury attorney Jimmy Doan, has extensive experience in worker's compensation and workplace injuries. Contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C. today.


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  1. After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.
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