BELLEVILLE — A maintenance technician claims two of his fingers were pulled and permanently injured in a lathe machine. 

Josh Surman filed a complaint on May 7 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Charles Clevenger and Industrial Machine Sales Inc., alleging they failed to properly design and manufacture a safe lathe machine.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 24, 2017, he was using the defendants' lathe machine when his right hand became caught in the lathe and pulled two of his fingers. 

As a result, Surman claims he sustained permanent and severe injuries, lost wages and incurred medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide a plastic lathe guard and other safety devices to avoid injuries.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of not less than $50,000, plus costs of this action. 

He is represented by Stephen C. Buser of Law Office of Stephen C. Buser Ltd. in Columbia.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-311

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