Tri-State Coating & Machine employee files suit after lathe caused third-degree burns to hand

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 3, 2019

HUNTINGTON – A Lincoln County couple is suing the husband's employer after he sustained third-degree burns on his hand while working.

Colt Tomblin and Kelsie Tomblin filed a complaint in Cabell Circuit Court against Tri-State Coating & Machine Co. Inc.

The suit states Colt Tomblin was working as an employee of the defendant on Feb. 14, 2017, at its facility in Salt Rock. He alleges on that date, he was placing a piece of pipe in a hot lathe when an air valve activated and caused the lathe to close on his hand. He alleges his hand was trapped and the lathe's heat caused third-degree burns and serious injuries.

The defendant is accused of failing to provide a safe work environment and negligence.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Tony L. O'Dell and Cheryl A. Fisher of Tiano O'Dell in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Paul T. Farrell.

Cabell Circuit Court case number 19-C-67

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