Springfield, Massachusetts is a city of about 230,000 people located in the Pioneer Valley region of western Massachusetts. The city has a long history as an industrial center, and today it is home to many large manufacturing and engineering companies. Despite this history, Springfield has a relatively low rate of machine accidents relative to other U.S. cities. In 2016, there were only four machine accidents in Springfield, compared to 21 in Houston, 26 in New York City, and 31 in Chicago. This low accident rate may be due to the city’s well-organized safety program, which includes training for employees and recent installation of automated safety devices on equipment.

Manufacturing Companies

Springfield is home to a number of manufacturing companies

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.
Titeflex Corporation
Neenah Northeast, LLC
Northstar Pulp & Paper Co., Inc.
Sullivan Paper Company, Inc.
Joseph Freedman Co., Inc.
Fountain Plating Company, LLC
McLaughlin Paper Co., Inc.
Super Brush, LLC
Coveris Advanced Coatings (matthews) LLC
Electro-Term, Inc.
Waste Mgmt. Inc.
Ineos Melamines LLC
Cyalume Technologies, Inc.

These companies produce a variety of products, including machinery and equipment used in manufacturing.

Machinery Accidents

In Springfield Massachusetts, there have been several machinery accidents.

In March of 2016, a construction site in Springfield collapsed, injuring seven people. The accident was the result of a defective beam on the construction site that failed while workers were using it.

In June of 2018, an industrial fan belt in Springfield snapped, causing a large machine to fall onto two workers. The workers were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries, but fortunately they survived.

Another accident involved a forklift driver who was seriously injured when the machine he was driving overturned.

It is important for people who operate machines to be aware of the safety hazards that they may face and to take steps to prevent accidents from occurring.  If you have been injured in a machinery accident, please contact a Springfield Massachusetts machinery accident lawyer as soon as possible. A competent attorney can provide you with the legal assistance you need to get through this difficult time.