In San Diego, California, accidents happen frequently. This is likely because of the way that construction works in San Diego. Large areas are constantly being built or renovated, and this means there is always a lot of machinery in use. Because of this, it is important for people who work with machinery to know how to stay safe. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when working with machinery:
1. Always wear proper safety equipment.
2. Keep a close eye on the machine you’re working with.
3. Avoid hazardous materials if possible.
4. Stay aware of your surroundings at all times.
5. If something goes wrong, don’t try to fix it yourself – call for help!
San Diego is home to a number of different manufacturing companies, many of which produce machinery and other equipment. Some of the more notable companies include
General Atomic Technologies Corporation
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Solar Turbines Incorporated
Aeronautical Systems Inc
Sony Electronics Inc.
These companies all have a history of producing high-quality products that are used in a variety of industries.
There have been a number of machinery accidents in San Diego California over the years. Some of these have been due to faulty equipment, while others have been due to operator error. Here is a look at some of the most notable machinery accidents that have occurred in San Diego.
|AccidentDate||Employer||City||State||Description||Injury||Body Part||Event||Injury Source||Other Injury Source|
|16/11/2021||Crown Lift Trucks||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was delivering forklift parts to a battery manufacturer when he misstepped and fell to the ground while exiting the van. The employee sustained a left tibia fracture and a dislocated knee.||Fractures and dislocations||Knee(s) and leg(s)||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Delivery truck or van||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|09/11/2021||Todd Skinner Trucking LLC||Santa||Id||An employee was securing the load straps for a load of lumber. The employee fell and suffered a broken left tibia.||Fractures||Lower leg(s)||Fall on same level||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|09/11/2021||U.S. POSTAL SERVICE-SAN BERNARDINO P&DC||San Bernardino||Ca||On November 9, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., an employee was handling mail in a warehouse when they slipped and fell to the floor, resulting in injuries to their back and the back of their head.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Head and trunk||Fall on same level due to slipping||Floor|
|05/11/2021||Trojan Battery Company, LLC||Sandersville||Ga||An employee was using a 36-inch-long tool to clear battery plates out. The tool contacted a conveyor, which pulled the employee's right hand too close to the opening to an oven. The tip of his index finger was amputated.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Heating and cooking machinery and appliances||Tools, instruments, and equipment|
|04/11/2021||VT San Antonio Aerospace, Inc.||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was aligning a brace on the landing gear of an airplane to bolt into place. The brace was moved and his right middle finger was caught in the bolt hole. The fingertip was medically amputated.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Vehicle and mobile equipment parts||Airplane-powered fixed wing|
|03/11/2021||Pierce Sitework||San Antonio||Tx||An excavator had been used to lift a concrete cone to an upper level. When the cone was in place, an employee climbed up it to release the chains securing it to the excavator's coupler. The coupler's jaws closed on his foot, amputating five toes.||Amputations||Toes(s), toenail(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Excavating machinery|
|01/11/2021||Moore Supply||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was cutting ties on a bundle of PVC pipes when the knife moved back and lacerated his wrist.||Cuts, lacerations||Wrist(s)||Injured by slipping or swinging object held by injured worker||Knives|
|01/11/2021||Perma-Structo, Inc.||Pleasant Prairie||Wi||An employee was pouring concrete when his foot slipped and became caught between the form and the board, resulting in a broken fibula and tibia.||Fractures||Lower leg(s)||Fall, slip, trip||Nonclassifiable|
|28/10/2021||Costa Solutions, LLC.||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was walking into work from his vehicle when he was hit by a semi-truck in a loading/unloading zone. He suffered broken bones.||Fractures||Nonclassifiable||Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area||Semi, tractor-trailer, tanker truck|
|25/10/2021||FLEET READINESS CENTER SOUTH WEST||San Diego||Ca||An employee was painting markings on an aircraft while standing on a pair of stands, 8-9 feet from the ground. He stepped into a gap between the stands and fell about 3 feet, his foot hitting a stand brace. He suffered a twisted left knee and a shoulder separation.||Dislocation of joints||Shoulder(s), including clavicle(s), scapula(e)||Fall through surface or existing opening less than 6 feet||Scaffolds-staging||Scaffolds-staging|
|23/10/2021||San Marcos Treatment Center||San Marcos||Tx||An employee was talking to a patient when he slammed his bedroom door. The door caught the employee's right hand. The employee was hospitalized and her middle and ring fingers were amputated.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Injury by other person-unintentional or intent unknown, n.e.c.||Patient||Doors, except garage and vehicle|
|13/10/2021||LUIS A. AYALA COLON & SUCCESSORS, INC.||San Juan||Pr||An employee was operating a yard truck. The truck cabin was lifted by a crane and the employee fell out, landing on the hard concrete below and suffering a broken collarbone and multiple hematomas.||Fractures||Shoulder(s), including clavicle(s), scapula(e)||Other fall to lower level||Cranes||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|08/10/2021||Facilities Maintenance Division - MCRD||San Diego||Ca||An employee was working on an HVAC unit on a roof. The employee fell backward through a skylight, landing 20 feet below and suffering head and spine trauma.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Head and trunk||Fall through surface or existing opening 16 to 20 feet||Skylights||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|07/10/2021||U.S. POSTAL SERVICE - SANTA ANA PROCESSING & DISTRIBUTION CENTER||Santa Ana||Ca||An employee was working with a forklift when their leg got caught in the forklift, causing the employee to fall and suffer a head injury.||Intracranial injuries||Brain||Other fall to lower level||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered||Nonclassifiable|
|07/10/2021||Webco Industries, Inc||Sand Springs||Ok||An employee was removing grates from inside a parts washer containing about 12 inches of washing solution heated to 160-180 degrees. The employee slipped and fell into the washer and suffered second- and third-degree burns to his left forearm, both legs from the knee down, and his right hip.||Third or fourth degree heat (thermal) burns||Multiple body parts||Fall onto or against object on same level, n.e.c.||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces||Special process machinery|
|06/10/2021||Phoenix Dewatering, Inc.||Sanford||Fl||An employee stepped back, tripped over soft sand, and fell, breaking his left leg.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping on uneven surface||Ground irregularity|
|03/10/2021||Pilgrim's Pride Corporation||Mount Pleasant||Tx||An employee was helping move a trough onto a table. The trough fell onto the tip of the employee's right middle finger. The fingertip was medically amputated.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Struck by falling object or equipment||Tanks, bins, vats-nonconfined space||Tables, worktables|
|02/10/2021||UPS||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was delivering a package to a resident when the resident's dog came up to the employee from behind and bit their left little finger, resulting in a fingertip amputation.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Other animal bites, nonvenomous||Dogs, canines-domestic|
|01/10/2021||J&A Pohl Inc.||Mount Pleasant||Wi||Two employees were working in a work zone along the side of a road when they were struck by an automobile that drove through the work zone, resulting in broken bones.||Fractures||Nonclassifiable||Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in work zone||Automobile|
|29/09/2021||Triple S Steel Supply||San Antonio||Tx||While walking to his workstation, an employee was stabbed by another employee.||Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds||Nonclassifiable||Stabbing, cutting, slashing, piercing||Co-worker or work associate of injured or ill worker|
|28/09/2021||Hogan Dedicated Services, LLC||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was beginning to unload a trailer. When he removed a crossbar in the trailer that had been stabilizing some packages during transport, the packages fell. He was knocked out of the trailer to the ground and suffered a broken leg.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Other fall to lower level||Delivery truck or van||Packages, parcels|
|24/09/2021||HEB Distribution Center||San Marcos||Tx||An employee was operating a stand-up forklift carrying a raised load. The forklift struck a structure above it in a warehouse. It fell over and landed on the employee, who suffered a laceration to an artery in the inner thigh.||Cuts, lacerations||Thigh(s)||Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle, n.e.c.||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered||Structures and surfaces|
|23/09/2021||ALLIED FEEDS, INC.||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was transferring grain when their left hand contacted a running grain auger, resulting in a fractured middle finger that required hospitalization.||Fractures||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Conveyors-screw, auger|
|15/09/2021||Improved Piping Products Inc.||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was moving a hydraulic clamp. His right hand was caught in a pinch point created by the piston, and the ring fingertip was amputated.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Machinery|
|14/09/2021||CRAM ROOFING COMPANY, INC.||San Antonio||Tx||And employee was removing a corrugated metal roof panel with a claw hammer and chisel. A metal shard shot from the hammer and punctured the employee's upper arm.||Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds||Upper arm(s)||Struck by dislodged flying object, particle||Metal chips, particles||Hammers, except sledge-nonpowered|
|09/09/2021||Steves and Sons, Inc.||San Antonio||Tx||An employee had been placing labels on a pallet of doors. A pallet of doors fell off a forklift that was moving in reverse and hit the employee on the back causing contusions.||Bruises, contusions||Back, including spine, spinal cord||Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery-other than vehicle part||Skids, pallets||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered|
|09/09/2021||FBI San Francisco||San Francisco||Ca||An employee became ill and lost consciousness after an outdoor physical fitness test.||Traumatic injuries and disorders||Nonclassifiable||Multiple types of overexertions and bodily reactions||Bodily motion or position of injured, ill worker|
|04/09/2021||Kalmbach Trucking||Upper Sandusky||Oh||An employee was unloading animal feed from a trailer through an auger. The feed got plugged, and the employee was clearing the auger when his left hand was caught in it. He suffered an amputation to the middle finger.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning||Semi, tractor-trailer, tanker truck|
|04/09/2021||YUSEN TERMINALS INC.||San Pedro||Ca||On a vessel, an employee stepped into an open manhole and fell to the deck. The employee sustained fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.||Internal injuries to organs and blood vessels of the trunk||Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Fall on water vehicle||Water vehicle|
|02/09/2021||Cribley Enterprises, Inc.||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was spreading gravel on top of a building when a mini loader drove onto his leg and broke it.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Pedestrian struck by vehicle in nonroadway area||Skid steer loaders, mini loaders|
|01/09/2021||U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - San Francisco Medical Center||San Francisco||Ca||An employee was hospitalized for an allergic reaction to flowers delivered to the emergency room.||Other or unspecified allergic reactions||BODY SYSTEMS||Exposure to other harmful substances||Flowers|
|31/08/2021||Pfizer||Pleasant Prairie||Wi||An employee was operating a stand-up reach forklift in a warehouse. The forklift struck a guardrail and ejected the employee, who landed on the floor and suffered multiple rib fractures, a lung issue, and muscle damage around the hip.||Fractures and other injuries, n.e.c.||Multiple trunk locations||Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle, n.e.c.||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered||Guardrails, road dividers|
|24/08/2021||Mp Next Level, LLC||Santa Fe||Tx||An employee became ill and was hospitalized, possibly suffering from heat-related illness.||Effects of heat and light||BODY SYSTEMS||Exposure to environmental heat||Heat-environmental|
|24/08/2021||HEB Grocery Company, LP||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was operating a powered pallet jack on a loading dock. The pallet jack collided with a forklift, and the employee suffered a broken femur.||Fractures||Thigh(s)||Nonroadway collision with other vehicle||Pallet jack-powered||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered|
|17/08/2021||Turn-Key Construction||Mount Pleasant||Wi||A Turn-Key Construction employee was cutting aluminum trim with a saw blade. The trim snagged in the blade, pulling his finger toward it. The blade lacerated his finger to the bone.||Cuts, lacerations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Table saws|
|12/08/2021||Bonner County Roofing LLC||Sandpoint||Id||On August 12, 2021, an employee was installing an ice and water shield on a roof. The employee fell, hitting a deck joist and suffering internal injuries, cracked ribs, and a lacerated chin.||Fractures and other injuries, n.e.c.||Trunk||Other fall to lower level||Nonclassifiable||Other structural elements|
|02/08/2021||Area Wide Protective, Inc.||San Antonio||Tx||Three employees were doing highway work when a vehicle went past the barricades and hit them. Two of the three were hospitalized: one (who had been picking up barrels on the grass by the highway) suffered a broken femur and the other (who had been cracking down an arrow board) suffered a head contusion, a shoulder separation, and a shoulder fracture.||Fractures||Thigh(s)||Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in work zone||Highway vehicle, motorized|
|30/07/2021||Hansco Inc.||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was on a 6-foot ladder while removing debris from a ceiling. A piece of cement fell from the ceiling and the employee lost his balance and fell off the ladder, resulting in broken ribs and an injured wrist.||Fractures||Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Other fall to lower level||Ladders||Scrap, waste, debris|
|29/07/2021||U.S. Customs and Border Protection||San Diego||Ca||A border patrol agent was hiking down a hill in pursuit of someone. The agent stepped into a hole and fell downhill, stopping about 20 feet below. The agent suffered a broken left tibia and fibula and was hospitalized, requiring surgery.||Fractures||Lower leg(s)||Other fall to lower level 16 to 20 feet||Hills||Ground irregularity|
|24/07/2021||Red McCombs||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was on a break after working on a vehicle. When the employee lit a cigarette, brake cleaner on the employee's hands caused the employee's gloves to ignite. The employee's hands were burned.||Heat (thermal) burns||Hand(s)||Ignition of vapors, gases, or liquids||Solvents, degreasers|
|23/07/2021||Keystone Concrete||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was holding plywood form work while another employee was using a wrecking bar. The plywood form struck the employee's right middle finger, causing an amputation to the fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Struck by object or equipment||Structural elements|
|21/07/2021||Service Mechanical Group, LLC||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was working on a motor condenser when he received an electrical shock, knocking him backward and resulting in a dislocated shoulder. The machine was not locked out/tagged out at the time of the incident.||Dislocation of joints||Shoulder(s), including clavicle(s), scapula(e)||Fall, slip, trip||Nonclassifiable|
|09/07/2021||3C Lawn & Landscape||San Angelo||Tx||An employee was removing the bag from a lawn mower. When the employee attempted to clear some grass from the opening, the lawn mower blades made contact with three of the employee's fingers, resulting in amputations.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Struck against moving part of machinery or equipment||Mowing machinery|
|09/07/2021||Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest||San Diego||Ca||An employee was walking out of an elevator and twisted her ankle. The employee fell and broke her right ankle.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Fall on same level, n.e.c.||Floor|
|07/07/2021||CEDAR POINT PARK LLC||Sandusky||Oh||An employee was carrying a large tray in a kitchen. The employee tripped over a plastic drink carton that was sticking out into the walkway, fell, and landed on the concrete floor, suffering a broken right hip.||Fractures||Hip(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping over an object||Floor||Boxes, crates, cartons|
|03/07/2021||Magnolia Pancake Haus||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was working with a sausage stamper and amputated part of her left middle finger.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Contact with objects and equipment||Nonclassifiable|
|01/07/2021||UPS||San Antonio||Tx||An employee had been unloading parcels. The employee was hospitalized with severe dehydration.||Effects of heat and light, n.e.c.||BODY SYSTEMS||Exposure to environmental heat||Heat-environmental|
|25/06/2021||Banfield Pet Hospital #1396||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was bitten on her finger by a cat and was later hospitalized.||Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Other animal bites, nonvenomous||Cats, felines-domestic|
|23/06/2021||NexTier Completion Solutions Inc.||Pleasanton||Tx||An employee was tightening a hose clamp. The hose broke and hot liquid sprayed onto the employee causing third-degree burns to both hands.||Third or fourth degree heat (thermal) burns||Hand(s)||Contact with hot objects or substances||Liquids||Hoses|
|22/06/2021||The Bubble Bath Car Wash||San Antonio||Tx||An employee was power washing a sidewalk inside a carwash when the washer hose wrapped around the employee, pulling him and causing him to spin down the carwash tunnel. The employee struck his feet against the track of the carwash, resulting in two foot fractures.||Fractures||Foot (feet)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during maintenance, cleaning||Car or vehicle washing machinery||Power washers|
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Machinery accidents are a serious issue in San Diego California, and can cause significant injuries or even death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a machinery accident, it is important to seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible. You need an attorney that has successfully represented many clients in machinery accident cases, and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.