This lathe has two ways of stopping it and both engage the magnetic brake that stops faster than the Colchester. Our model did not come designed with a foot brake. There has been some discussion about adding one but it was felt, and I concur, that rewiring it and messing with the existing interlock magnetic brake system and adding the mechanical system to do this to produce a "hacked safety feature" would not be wise given it has two stops that engage a magnetic brake.
Also, this machine has a safety cover for the chuck. Machine will not start if the chuck engagement lever is engaged - the two "on" switches" are interlocked. Additionally, all chuck keys for this lathe will be the spring loaded type so they can't be left in when starting.
The past incident, if you are pulled forward you can't use a foot brake because you're being bent at the waist which makes you unable to move you feet forward to step down. The leverage fulcrum point is at your waist so your legs want to move backward. However, with stop buttons/levers available to both hands you can reach to either side as can anyone near you to make it stop.