In Norfolk Virginia, there have been an increasing number of machinery accidents. This is partly due to the fact that many people are not familiar with safety equipment that is available to them. Some of the most common equipment that has prevented accidents includes: fall protection, lockout/tagout procedures, and machine guarding. In 2021, there were 10 accidents in Norfolk. This is just one more accident than what occurred in 2020. The main cause of these accidents is human error. For example, people often do not follow safety procedures when working with machinery.
Norfolk is located in the southeastern region of Virginia and is home to a number of manufacturing companies. Some of these companies include
|Bae Systems Ship Repair Inc.
Metro Machine Corp.
Bae Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Inc.
Virginian-Pilot Media Companies, LLC
Colonna’s Ship Yard, Incorporated
Suez Wts Services Usa, Inc.
Bauer Compressors, Inc.
|Lyon Shipyard, Inc.
Gryphon Marine, LLC
Cfe Equipment Corporation
Tarmac Florida Inc
Mhi Holdings, LLC
Colonial Chevrolet Company, L.P.
These companies produce a variety of products, from railcars to medical devices. In addition, Norfolk’s location makes it an important port city. This means that it is home to a number of shipping companies as well as businesses that manufacture ships and boats.
Machinery accidents can happen at any time and in any place, but they are particularly common in Norfolk Virginia. In recent years, there have been a number of machinery accidents in Norfolk that have caused significant injury and even death. If you have been injured in a machinery accident in Norfolk Virginia, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Many times, the legal process can be complicated and take a long time. An attorney can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.
Here is a list of machinery accidents that have occurred in Norfolk Virginia:
|AccidentDate||Employer||City||State||Description||Injury||Body Part||Event||Injury Source||Other Injury Source|
|24/10/2021||BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair||Norfolk||Va||On 10/24/2021, at approximately 8:05 a.m., an employee was climbing scaffolding on board a ship when he slipped and fell approximately 18 feet to the flight deck below, resulting in a fractured leg.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Fall on water vehicle||Water vehicle, n.e.c|
|13/10/2021||Meylan Special Services, Inc.||Norfolk||Ne||An employee was using a pressure washer when it lacerated the top of his right foot.||Cuts, lacerations||Foot (feet)||Struck by discharged object or substance||Pressurized water-blast||Power washers|
|05/08/2021||Norfolk International Terminal||Norfolk||Va||An employee was opening a truck door with his left hand to get inside a truck when a vehicle pulled up alongside the truck and struck the truck's door, which subsequently struck the employee's hand, resulting in lacerations that required hospitalization and surgery.||Cuts, lacerations||Hand(s)||Pedestrian struck by vehicle propelled by another vehicle in nonroadway area||Vehicle||Truck-motorized freight hauling and utility|
|23/07/2021||Lyon Shipyard, Inc.||Norfolk||Va||A docking block partially released as it was being hoisted. It struck an employee and knocked him off an A-frame ladder to the ground. He suffered right leg, arm, and abdomen injuries from the block and the fall.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Multiple body parts||Other fall to lower level||Step ladders||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|15/07/2021||International Marine & Industrial Applicator LLC||Norfolk||Va||An employee was sandblasting the external hull of a battleship. The blasting hose lost pressure because the blasting hose was under the tire of an aerial lift. The employee lowered the lift and tried to free the hose when it ruptured, causing a laceration to the employee's right arm.||Cuts, lacerations||Arm(s)||Explosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire||Hoses||Aerial lifts, scissor lifts-except truck-mounted|
|15/07/2021||International Marine and Industrial Applicators, LLC||Norfolk||Va||An employee was in the basket of an aerial lift when blast grit from a co-worker's hose struck the employee's right upper arm, resulting in a severe laceration.||Cuts, lacerations||Upper arm(s)||Struck by discharged object or substance||Source||Sandblasters-powered|
|14/06/2021||ACV Environmental||Norfolk||Ma||A railing gave way causing an employee to fall 4 feet in a warehouse. The employee was hospitalized for a back injury.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Back, including spine, spinal cord||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Structures and surfaces||Structures and surfaces|
|28/05/2021||Naval Station Norfolk||Norfolk||Va||An employee was sitting in a rolling chair in the security office and bent over to pick up a piece of dropped paper. As she bent over, the chair rolled out from underneath her, causing her to fall and hit her head on her desk. She was hospitalized for a concussion.||Concussions||Brain||Fall while sitting||Floor||Chairs|
|07/05/2021||MARINE REPAIR SERVICES OF VIRGINIA INC.||Norfolk||Va||An employee was plugging and unplugging refrigerator units onboard a vessel when they stepped through a door and into an open hatch, falling 12 feet and resulting in a fractured femur and ankle.||Fractures||Ankle(s) and leg(s)||Fall on water vehicle||Water vehicle|
|20/03/2021||MHI Ship Repair and Services||Norfolk||Va||Employees were lifting a 3-foot by 3-foot, 250-pound cover. A knot failed and the cover fell to the bottom of a hole, striking an employee's left foot. The employee suffered three broken bones.||Fractures||Foot (feet)||Struck by falling object or equipment||Vehicle and mobile equipment parts|
|18/07/2020||TECNICO CORPORATION||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was cutting a chain length with an angle grinder when the grinder kicked back and cut the employee's left forearm, requiring hospitalization.||Cuts, lacerations||Forearm(s)||Injured by slipping or swinging object held by injured worker||Hand grinders-powered|
|20/06/2020||Tecnico Corporation||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was conducting welding and cleanup onboard a naval ship. The employee was on a straight vertical ladder, went to grab the hatch cover above, and fell approximately 4-5 feet to the deck. The employee sustained two broken bones in the right foot.||Fractures||Foot (feet)||Fall on water vehicle||Water vehicle, n.e.c|
|10/06/2020||Progressive Nutrition LLC||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was trying to restart a conveyor belt that would not run. The employee was checking the tension on the motor belt when the auger motor started running, causing an amputation of his left thumb above the first joint.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning||Conveyors-belt|
|28/05/2020||ST Trucking LLC||Norfolk||New York||After delivering a load of stone to the jobsite, the driver of the dump truck was checking to see why the tailgate of the dump truck was not closing properly. When he pushed the tailgate, it returned, trapping the fingers on his left hand between the bed and the gate. The ring and middle fingers were amputated to the first joint.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck by swinging part of powered vehicle||Dump truck|
|07/03/2020||ContiTech USA, Inc||Norfolk||Nebraska||A boom lift ran over an employee's right foot, causing a fracture of the first metatarsal and a laceration of the foot.||Fractures||Foot (feet)||Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area||Aerial lifts, scissor lifts-except truck-mounted|
|07/02/2020||Plunkett's Pest Control||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee slipped on ice in a parking lot and fell, suffering a broken ankle.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Fall on same level due to slipping||Parking lot||Ice, sleet, snow|
|04/02/2020||Rasmussen Mechanical Services||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was on a step ladder changing belts out on an exhaust fan for preventative maintenance when he reached to steady himself and his left pinky finger was caught between the fan's belt and pulley. As a result, his pinky fingertip was amputated. The fan was turned off but still turning at the time of the incident.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Fans, blowers-wall, floor, ceiling, ventilation|
|18/01/2020||King Steel Corporation||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was moving a steel bundle with an overhead crane when the wrong button was depressed on the overhead crane controls, causing the steel load to crush him. He suffered a fractured hip or pelvis.||Fractures||Pelvic region||Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery-other than vehicle part||Bundles, bales||Cranes-gantry, overhead, monorail, container|
|12/01/2020||Turn Key Scaffold, LLC||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was erecting a hanging scaffold onboard a ship. While traversing across a lattice girder, the employee fell 25 feet to the concrete surface below, suffering a broken wrist, shattered left ankle, and fractured right ankle.||Fractures||Upper and lower limb(s)||Other fall to lower level 21 to 25 feet||Girders, beams, structural steel||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|12/07/2019||DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY||Norfolk||Virginia||On July 12, at approximately 2:30 p.m., an employee was working in the warehouse on the second floor stowing material. The employee tripped while walking and fell to the floor. The employee sustained a fractured hip requiring hospitalization and surgery.||Fractures||Hip(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping||Floor|
|02/07/2019||GENERAL DYNAMICS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY||Norfolk||Virginia||At approximately 9:30 a.m. on July 2, 2019, an employee was walking on a ship cableway located on the port side of the space en route to the port forward corner of the space when he tripped on the cableway and fell. As he fell, his calf impacted and was impaled by a U-channel bracket that was holding up the raceway. He was hospitalized.||Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds||Lower leg(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping||Floor||Structural elements, n.e.c.|
|11/06/2019||Colonna's Shipyard Inc||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was hoisting a 5,000-pound steady rest with a 50-ton overhead shop crane. The load fell on his left leg, crushing it from the knee down. The leg was medically amputated.||Amputations||Leg(s)||Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery-other than vehicle part||Machine and appliance parts||Cranes-gantry, overhead, monorail, container|
|08/05/2019||BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was operating a magnetic-mounted drill to drill one-inch holes in a stainless steel I-beam. As the employee was using a fox-tail style brush to sweep metal shavings off the I-beam his right middle finger was caught in the rotating drill bit. His right middle finger was degloved and two other fingers were fractured. He also sustained a fractured wrist. The employee was hospitalized.||Avulsions, enucleations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Drills-stationary||Brooms, mops, and other cleaning tools|
|07/05/2019||BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee had been sand blasting and removed a valve pipe plug when it became clogged. As the employee was removing material, air bled out of the system and caused the valve piston to shut and amputate the employee's left index fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Nonclassifiable|
|12/04/2019||Hiland Ice Cream||Norfolk||Nebraska||A maintenance employee was removing a device from an ice cream freezer when ammonia came out and hit the employee, causing burns.||Chemical burns and corrosions||Nonclassifiable||Exposure through intact skin, eyes, or other exposed tissue||Ammonia, anhydrous ammonia|
|30/01/2019||Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was operating a seated motorized pallet jack and struck a steel bollard causing a fracture to his left hip.||Fractures||Hip(s)||Part of occupant’s body caught between vehicle and other object in nonroadway transport incident||Pallet jack-powered||Posts, bollards, moorings|
|30/08/2018||Ceres Marine Terminals, Inc.||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was leaving a straddle carrier cab when the door slammed on the employee's finger, resulting in an amputation of the tip of the finger.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Struck by swinging part of powered vehicle||Industrial vehicle, material hauling and transport-powered, n.e.c|
|23/08/2018||Associated Wholesale Grocers||Norfolk||Nebraska||Two employees were talking near the machine one of them had been operating. A double pallet jack backed out of the adjoining aisle and struck one of the two, pinching his left leg/ankle against the other employee's machine. He suffered fractures to his left tibia/fibula.||Fractures||Lower leg(s)||Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area||Pallet jack-powered|
|21/07/2018||Colonna's Shipyard, Inc.||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was in a lift with a blasting hose that was tied to the lift basket so the employee could work at an elevated position. During this time, the hose was charged, activating the discharge of shot blast. This caused the hose to whip around violently while discharging grit. The blasting nozzle struck the employee's face and shot blast was embedded in his face.||Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds||Face||Struck by discharged object or substance||Nonclassifiable||Sandblasters-powered|
|04/06/2018||ContiTech USA, Inc.||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was attempting to wind a hose onto a pneumatically actuated drum. While tying a knot onto the hose with string, the pneumatic drum actuated and applied tension to the string. The employee's finger was caught in the string as it tightened, amputating the flesh off his index fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Entangled in other object or equipment||Rope, twine, string||Drums, pulleys, sheaves|
|05/03/2018||Associated Wholesale Grocers||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was struck by a truck while walking across a lot early in the morning, suffering a lower leg laceration. A high-visibility vest was not worn at the time of the incident.||Cuts, lacerations||Lower leg(s)||Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area||Highway vehicle, motorized|
|29/01/2018||Henningsen Foods Inc.||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was attempting to clear a clogged pipe at a cooker when he inadvertently opened a drain instead of closing it. He was sprayed with 240-degree hot product, suffering second and third degree burns across the front side of his body.||Third or fourth degree heat (thermal) burns||Nonclassifiable||Contact with hot objects or substances||Water|
|22/01/2018||Colonna's Shipyard, Inc.||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee slipped on concrete in a wash basin and attempted to prevent his fall by grabbing onto a section of portable scaffolding. The scaffolding fell on top of him and he struck the concrete, suffering a head injury, concussion, and brain bleed.||Multiple intracranial injuries, n.e.c.||Brain||Fall on same level due to slipping||Floor|
|29/08/2017||NORFOLK IRON & METAL, LLC||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was checking the steel coil stock inventory received via railcar. The employee's left foot slipped off the railcar platform located 47 inches above the paved concrete yard. The employee landed on their left leg, fracturing the femur.||Fractures||Thigh(s)||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Catwalks|
|24/08/2017||Marine Specialty Painting||Norfolk||Virginia||While standing on a pole scaffold platform and cleaning a potable water tank, an employee fell approximately 48 inches from the scaffold platform to a lower platform. The employee was hospitalized with head trauma.||Intracranial injuries||Brain||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Scaffolds-self-supporting staging|
|20/07/2017||Virginia International Terminal||Norfolk||Virginia||On July 20, 2017, at 11:15 p.m., an employee was trying to turn a railcar flipper. He had placed one foot on the top of a jersey wall and one foot on the railcar to position himself to move a metal bar that would move the flipper when he slipped and broke his right ankle, requiring hospitalization.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Guardrails, road dividers|
|21/06/2017||Pepsi Beverages Company||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee fell from an A-frame ladder while installing a vending/fountain machine line that ran along the ceiling area. The employee fractured two ribs and suffered a severely separated shoulder on the left side.||Fractures and dislocations||Multiple body parts||Other fall to lower level||Step ladders|
|16/06/2017||Bloom Engineering CO. Inc.||Norfolk||Nebraska||On June 16, 2017, at 4:15 p.m., an employee was calibrating the burners on a furnace when the employee passed out due to possible heat stress/exhaustion, requiring hospitalization.||Heat syncope||BODY SYSTEMS||Exposure to environmental heat||Heat-environmental||Forging machinery|
|07/05/2017||Norfolk International Terminal||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was climbing a fixed ladder onto a railcar when he slipped from the top rung and fell to the rail deck, fracturing his ribs and shoulder.||Fractures||Multiple body parts||Other fall to lower level||Train, locomotive, rail car|
|27/03/2017||Robert Woehler & Sons Construction||Norfolk||Nebraska||On March 28, 2017, at approximately 11:00 a.m., an employee was cutting around an old water main line in preparation to install a new main when the east wall of the trench collapsed. He was buried up to his waist in dirt from the collapse, suffering a possible hip fracture.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Hip(s)||Excavation or trenching cave-in||Ditches, channels, trenches, excavations|
|09/03/2017||King Steel Corporation||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was unloading bundles of steel pipes from a truck when a bundle broke loose and rolled onto the employee's foot resulting in a broken toe.||Fractures||Toes(s), toenail(s)||Struck by object or equipment rolling freely||Bundles, bales|
|23/01/2017||Apollo Retail Specialist, LLC||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was at a residence to assemble some furniture. When he was walking to the house, he tripped on the concrete curb and hit his head/face. The employee lost some teeth and suffered contusions to face/head.||Avulsions, enucleations||Tooth (teeth)||Fall on same level while climbing stairs, steps, or curbs||Curbs|
|13/01/2017||Metro Machine Corporation||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was moving a steel ventilation louver with a chain fall attached to a crane hook. The louver was then transferred to a chain fall attached to the ship. The louver was then lowered into position. The lover was sitting on the lip of the foundation and held back with another chain fall attached to the ship to prevent crushing the ship's signal box. The louver was disconnected from the crane hook to move into position. While the employee was repositioning the louver to a second chain fa||Amputations||Toes(s), toenail(s)||Water vehicle incident, n.e.c.||Water vehicle||Building materials-solid elements, n.e.c.|
|04/10/2016||American Scaffold||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was pushing a materials cart with scaffolding material on it when the cart became stuck. The material dislodged and fell on the employee, striking him in the head and causing a potential concussion.||Intracranial injuries||Brain||Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery-other than vehicle part||Scaffolds-staging||Cart, dolly, hand truck-nonpowered|
|12/09/2016||Marcom Services LLC||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was abrasive blasting inside a ship tank when electrical power to the dry dock was lost momentarily on two occasions, causing the pressure hose to stop. When the electrical power was regained, the employee lost control of the nozzle and the abrasive grit struck/lacerated the employee's left wrist, left thigh, and left bicep. The employee was hospitalized and had surgery.||Cuts, lacerations||Upper and lower limb(s)||Struck by discharged object or substance||Nonclassifiable||Sandblasters-powered|
|23/08/2016||Seaward Services, Inc.||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was lifting a bale on the deck of a ship and got a finger caught between the deck lifting eye and the bale resulting in partial amputation of the finger.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Machinery or equipment incident on water vehicle||Water vehicle|
|15/06/2016||Land O'Frost, Inc.||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee was closing the overhead door on a trailer while standing on a dock. The door started going back up and the employee reached out with his right hand to stop and pull it back down. His right index finger was caught between two panels, amputating his fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Truck-motorized freight hauling and utility|
|14/06/2016||MHI Ship Repair||Norfolk||Virginia||An employee was helping a crew to remove some malfunctioning valves from a ballast tank on a ship for repairs. While rigging gear was lifting the valve to the next level in the ladder way, the employee was helping to guide the valve up the ladder and was keeping the valve from striking the steps. When the valve reached the top step, the employee helped lift it over the lip of the ladder way. He then lost his balance and fell forward a little, inadvertently shifting his hold on the valve, which p||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Valves, nozzles|
|13/06/2016||Colonnas Shipyard||Norfolk||Virginia||On June 13, 2016, an employee was working on a barge (on land), performing paint spraying operations. The employee attempted to clean out a paint gun when a small foreign object embedded into the fourth digit of his right hand. He was hospitalized and required surgery.||Cuts, lacerations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck by discharged object or substance||Nonclassifiable||Sprayers, air guns-paint|
|03/06/2016||GGNSC Norfolk Valley View LLC||Norfolk||Nebraska||An employee tripped over a resident's wheelchair and fell, fracturing the right hip and right wrist.||Fractures||Multiple body parts||Fall on same level due to tripping over an object||Floor||Wheelchairs and other mobility devices|
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