Every day in Tampa, Florida, machinery accidents happen. In fact, according to the latest report from the National Safety Council (NSC), there were more than 9,000 workplace injuries from machines in 2017. This number is expected to continue to rise as machines become more commonplace in our workplaces.
In Tampa, Florida, there were over 40 reported accidents in 2021. This is a 25% increase from the previous year. The most common types of machinery accidents are falls (25%), fires (24%), and collisions (21%). Most of these accidents occur at construction sites or industrial plants. The most important safety precaution you can take when working with machinery is to wear safety goggles and a safety hat. If you are injured in a machinery accident, make sure to contact an attorney who can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Some of the manufacturing companies located in Tampa Florida include
|The Mosaic Company
Masonite International Corporation
Primo Water Corporation
Gerdau USA Inc.
Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc.
Gerdau Ameristeel Corp.
|Refresco US Holding Inc.
AVI-Spl Holdings, Inc.
AVI-Spl Global LLC
Refresco Beverages US Inc.
Cae USA Inc.
Syniverse Holdings, Inc.
Anchor Glass Container Corporation
These companies manufacture a variety of industrial machinery and equipment used in a variety of industries.
Here is a brief overview of six Tampa machinery accidents over the course of five years. In each of these accidents, someone was injured or killed.
|AccidentDate||Employer||City||State||Description||Injury||Body Part||Event||Injury Source||Other Injury Source|
|16/11/2021||AutoPlus||Tampa||Fl||An employee was moving parts with a pallet jack. The pallet jack displaced a stack of plastic totes in front of the material being moved. The employee attempted to stop the stack of totes from falling and fell to the ground. The employee sustained a torn muscle in his left knee that required surgery.||Major tears to muscles, tendons, ligaments||Knee(s)||Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle, n.e.c.||Pallet jack-powered||Containers-variable restraint, n.e.c.|
|12/11/2021||ATI RESTORATION LLC||Tampa||Fl||An employee was removing mirrors from a wall. The mirror broke diagonally and swung out, and the employee sustained neck lacerations.||Cuts, lacerations||Neck, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Struck by swinging or slipping object, other than handheld, n.e.c.||Blackboards, bulletin boards, mirrors-wall-mounted|
|13/10/2021||PGH Engineering||Tampa||Fl||An employee was checking pinholes between an index plate and a pin holder on a lathe. The index plate rotated and cut off the tip of the employee's right middle finger.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Lathes|
|08/10/2021||UMI Stone||Tampa||Fl||An employee was moving a granite slab with a gantry crane. When the slab was put on the ground, the crane's clamp hit another piece of granite and released the slab, which struck the employee. The employee suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs.||Internal injuries to organs and blood vessels of the trunk||Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery-other than vehicle part||Stone, marble, granite slabs||Cranes-gantry, overhead, monorail, container|
|27/09/2021||Stage Door II, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||An employee was installing a safety device for a hydraulic cylinder. The cylinder moved and caught his fingers/hand resulting in a fingertip amputation.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Nonclassifiable|
|21/09/2021||Edmonson Electric Inc||Tampa||Fl||An employee was walking down steps carrying a ladder and a tool bag. The employee fell and suffered a broken right ankle that required surgery.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Other fall to lower level||Stairs, steps||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|18/09/2021||Florida Kenworth, LLC||Tampa||Fl||An employee stepped off a parking lot sidewalk curb and twisted her ankle, breaking it.||Fractures||Ankle(s)||Climbing or stepping up or down-single episode||Bodily motion or position of injured, ill worker||Curbs|
|10/09/2021||Brown Automatic Sprinklers Inc||Tampa||Fl||An employee was on an extension ladder while tightening a sprinkler head. He fell about 6 to 10 feet from the ladder to the ground and both feet were broken.||Fractures||Foot (feet)||Other fall to lower level 6 to 10 feet||Extension ladders||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|01/09/2021||Sodexo LLC||Tampa||Fl||An employee fell down stairs, from the second floor to a landing between the first and second floors, in a parking garage. The employee suffered a dislocated and fractured right ankle.||Fractures and dislocations||Ankle(s)||Other fall to lower level||Stairs, steps-indoors||Floor, n.e.c.|
|18/08/2021||Starlink Construction Utilities, LLC||Tampa||Fl||An employee was mixing bentonite with a mixing machine. A small engine caught fire, and the employee suffered second- and third-degree burns. He was hospitalized.||Third or fourth degree heat (thermal) burns||Nonclassifiable||Vehicle or machinery fire||Machinery|
|17/08/2021||RESOURCE PARTNERING GROUP, INC.||Tampa||Fl||An employee became dizzy and nauseated while doing underground work. He was hospitalized, suffering from heat-related illness.||Effects of heat and light||BODY SYSTEMS||Exposure to environmental heat||Heat-environmental|
|13/08/2021||Tampa General Hospital||Tampa||Fl||An employee was walking in the break room when they slipped on water that had been spilled on the floor, resulting in a fractured right patella.||Fractures||Knee(s)||Fall on same level due to slipping||Floor||Water|
|31/07/2021||Quantem Aviation Services, LLC||Tampa||Fl||An employee was on the tarmac on a deck loader when they began to feel faint, dizzy, and incoherent, resulting in hospitalization for a heat-related illness.||Effects of heat and light||BODY SYSTEMS||Exposure to environmental heat||Heat-environmental|
|23/07/2021||Sunrise Community of Hillsborough||Tampa||Fl||An employee was tending residents as they ate breakfast. One of the residents grabbed the employee's hand and bit off the top part of her thumb. The employee was hospitalized.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving||Other client or customer|
|15/07/2021||Nestlé Waters North America||Tampa||Fl||An employee slipped on water on the floor and hit her back, resulting in a back injury that required hospitalization.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Back, including spine, spinal cord||Fall on same level due to slipping||Floor||Water|
|08/07/2021||Black Wolf Group, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||An employee had been moving furniture and passed out in the company parking lot from dehydration and heat-related illness.||Effects of heat and light, n.e.c.||BODY SYSTEMS||Exposure to environmental heat||Heat-environmental|
|02/07/2021||Brenntag Mid-South, Inc||Tampa||Fl||An employee was working on a pallet machine to fix the chain when the chain released and partially amputated the employee's right middle fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Machinery|
|30/06/2021||LGSTX CARGO SERVICES, INC.||Tampa||Fl||A mechanic was fixing a company van which would not start from the switch inside the vehicle. The mechanic put the van in park and then attempted to start the van from underneath. The vehicle switched into reverse and rolled over the employee. The employee was hospitalized for a lacerated spleen and kidney.||Internal injuries to organs and blood vessels of the trunk||Abdomen, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Struck or run over by rolling powered vehicle||Passenger van|
|22/06/2021||Discovery Village At Tampa Palms||Tampa||Fl||An employee was disassembling a pool umbrella when its base fell and broke the employee's left leg.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Struck by falling object or equipment||Parts and materials|
|14/06/2021||Olympia Tile (USA), Inc.||Tampa||Fl||An employee was on a forklift, preparing to get a pallet of tile down from storage racks. He fell to the ground and suffered a broken shoulder that required surgery, as well as head trauma.||Fractures||Shoulder(s), including clavicle(s), scapula(e)||Other fall to lower level||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|21/05/2021||U.S. Postal Service||Tampa||Fl||An employee was separating two large mail containers. When the containers became loose, she lost her balance and fell to the floor. She suffered a broken hip.||Fractures||Hip(s)||Fall on same level, n.e.c.||Floor||Containers-nonpressurized, n.e.c.|
|19/05/2021||Republic Services of Florida||Tampa||Fl||A welding technician was installing hydraulic packing cylinders for an Automate Side Loader (ASL). The cylinder was on a stand. When the employee attempted to move the cylinder it slipped and fell on the employee's finger pinning the employee's hand against the front part of the truck body. When the employee tried to remove their hand from under the cylinder, their right ring fingertip was amputated.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Struck by falling object or equipment, n.e.c.||Machinery||Cabinets, cases-display, storage|
|18/05/2021||EnviroWaste Services Group||Tampa||Fl||An employee was cleaning lines when water pressure caused a hose to burst. He was struck on the face, suffering a cheek fracture and cuts from his broken safety glasses, as well as a retinal detachment and bruises to a cornea.||Fractures and other injuries, n.e.c.||Multiple face locations||Explosion of pressure vessel, piping, or tire||Hoses|
|14/05/2021||Certified Slings, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||The injured employee was training another employee and they were heating and pouring zinc into wire rope sockets (spelter sockets). The injured worker stepped backward, lost his footing, and fell into the hot kettle, knocking it over. The employee sustained a third degree burn on his back that required hospitalization and surgery.||Third or fourth degree heat (thermal) burns||Back, including spine, spinal cord||Contact with hot objects or substances||Machine and appliance parts|
|14/05/2021||DDS Lab||Tampa||Fl||An employee was carrying plastic boxes and tripped over a purse that was on the floor. She sustained an injury to femur and hip that required surgery and hospitalization.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Hip(s) and leg(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping over an object||Floor||Handbags, pocketbooks, wallets, tote bags|
|07/05/2021||MarJam Supply Company, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||The injured employee was pulling a sheet rock cart loaded with 8 cement boards while another employee was pushing it. A tire went off the sidewalk and the cart was about to tip over. The injured employee slipped in "sand" trying to move out of the way and the cement boards fell on top of the employee. The injured employee was hospitalized with a fractured ankle and a lower back injury.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Lumbar region||Struck by object falling from vehicle or machinery-other than vehicle part||Building materials-solid elements||Cart, dolly, hand truck-nonpowered|
|05/05/2021||Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates, LLC||Tampa||Fl||An employee attempted to prevent a patient from rolling off the operating table when they received injuries to their neck and right arm that resulted in weakness and numbness.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Multiple body parts||Overexertion involving outside sources||Patient|
|28/04/2021||B.L. Smith Electric Inc||Tampa||Fl||An employee was using a grinder to cut an aluminum conduit. The blade of the grinder broke off in the conduit, causing the grinder to jump up and cut the employee's left wrist and forearm. The employee was hospitalized.||Cuts, lacerations||Wrist(s) and arm(s)||Injured by slipping or swinging object held by injured worker||Grinders, abraders|
|19/04/2021||Randall Construction Company||Tampa||Fl||An employee was exiting a scaffold system into the general construction area when a co-worker who was operating a rough terrain forklift in reverse ran over the employee's foot, resulting in a broken toe, a dislocated toe, and cuts and bruises. The employee was hospitalized for surgery.||Fractures and dislocations||Toes(s), toenail(s)||Pedestrian struck by vehicle backing up in nonroadway area||Forklift, order picker, platform truck-powered|
|12/04/2021||Kimball Electronics||Tampa||Fl||An employee slipped on a puddle of water on a cafeteria floor, fell to the floor, and broke her kneecap. She was hospitalized, requiring surgery.||Fractures||Knee(s)||Fall on same level due to slipping||Floor||Water|
|12/04/2021||Tampa Bay Steel Corporation||Tampa||Fl||An employee was pulling stainless expanded metal from a rack. The metal lacerated the employee's right hand, cutting through an artery and a tendon. The employee was hospitalized and underwent surgery.||Cuts, lacerations||Hand(s)||Injured by handheld object or equipment||Metal materials-nonstructural|
|09/04/2021||Ameriscape USA, Inc||Tampa||Fl||An employee was operating a stand-on mower next to a chain link fence and struck a fence post. The employee was thrown onto the mower's right control handle, resulting in an abdominal injury.||Bruises, contusions||Abdomen, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Nonroadway collision with object other than vehicle, n.e.c.||Lawn mowers-riding||Chain-link fences, panels|
|01/04/2021||WALMART STORE #2627||Tampa||Fl||An employee was delivering an order to a customer's car when he fell and hit his head on the concrete.||Intracranial injuries||Brain||Fall on same level||Parking lot|
|24/03/2021||Gulf Marine Repair Corporation||Tampa||Fl||An employee welded an I-beam into place. The employee then turned to the left and struck his left eye against the I-beam, sustaining an eye injury.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Eye(s)||Struck against stationary object or equipment, n.e.c.||Beams-unattached metal|
|11/03/2021||Tampa Bay Steel Corporation||Tampa||Fl||At 12:30 p.m. on March 11, 2021, an employee fell off a burning table while removing scrap from it. He landed on his arm on the concrete floor, suffering a fracture to the elbow/arm that required hospitalization and surgery.||Fractures||Elbow(s)||Other fall to lower level||Metal, woodworking, and special material machinery||Floor, n.e.c.|
|10/03/2021||CENTENE CORPORATION||Tampa||Fl||At about 12:00 p.m. on March 10, 2021, an employee tripped while stepping off the curb outside her office. She fell to the ground, suffering a broken leg. She was hospitalized.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Fall on same level while climbing stairs, steps, or curbs||Curbs|
|24/02/2021||JTS Enterprises, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||An employee had been bagging food and was assaulted by a co-workers' father. The employee was hospitalized with multiple jaw fractures.||Fractures||Jaw, chin||Hitting, kicking, beating, shoving||Assailant, suspect|
|23/02/2021||Universal Forming, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||An employee was removing formwork from a ceiling. An aluminum beam he was pulling down struck his hard hat, causing a neck injury that required surgery.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Neck, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Struck by object or equipment||Beams-unattached metal|
|20/02/2021||U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs||Tampa||Fl||Two employees were conducting preventative maintenance on multiple air handling units. One employee was greasing the motor and fan bearings inside the end of a unit when his left pinky finger was caught and pinched between the belt and pulley resulting in a partial amputation of the distal phalanx.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Heating, cooling, and cleaning machinery and appliances|
|12/02/2021||D. Clark Electric||Tampa||Fl||An employee was on a six foot ladder and was reaching for a box on the ceiling when he lost his footing and fell to the floor, sustaining fractured ribs.||Fractures||Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Other fall to lower level less than 6 feet||Movable ladders||Floor, n.e.c.|
|06/02/2021||Datz Restaurant Group||Tampa||Fl||An employee was loading a van when racking tipped over onto the employee, resulting in a head injury/concussion.||Concussions||Brain||Struck by falling object or equipment||Racks-garment and other|
|03/02/2021||Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions||Tampa||Fl||An employee was lifting a vehicle side glass support when he sustained a fractured right humerus.||Fractures||Upper arm(s)||Overexertion in lifting-single episode||Vehicle and mobile equipment parts|
|21/01/2021||Traffic Control Products of Florida, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||An employee was using an air hose at the company's fueling station to fill a co-worker's bicycle tires. The employee was bent over in front of a pickup truck while filling the tires. The pickup moved forward, striking the employee and causing a compound fracture to his left leg.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Pedestrian struck by forward-moving vehicle in nonroadway area||Pickup truck|
|17/01/2021||Army and Air Force Exchange Service||Tampa||Fl||An employee was walking from the sales floor to the administrative area when she fell to the floor. The employee sustained a broken femur and injuries to her kneecap, requiring hospitalization and surgery.||Fractures||Thigh(s)||Fall on same level due to tripping over self||Floor|
|17/01/2021||Walsh Infrastructure Management, LLC||Tampa||Fl||During a road shoulder sweeping operation, an employee was walking to get into a debris truck when an SUV drove onto the shoulder and struck the truck on the driver's side. The employee was between the truck and a concrete barrier and suffered a broken leg and a head laceration.||Fractures||Leg(s)||Pedestrian vehicular incident, n.e.c.||SUV, sports utility vehicle||Truck-motorized freight hauling and utility, n.e.c|
|13/01/2021||Motion Industries, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||At 9:40 a.m. on January 13, 2021, an employee was going up a tube between the beltcore. While he was doing so, a square tube slipped out. His left middle finger was pinned between the beltcore and the square tube. The finger was amputated and he was hospitalized.||Amputations||Finger(s), fingernail(s)||Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||Machinery|
|08/01/2021||Seaworld Parks & Entertainment, LLC||Tampa||Fl||At 12:57 p.m. on January 8, 2021, an employee was shoveling clay in a tiger habitat when she re-aggravated a pre-existing back injury and lost consciousness. She was hospitalized.||Soreness, pain, hurt-nonspecified injury||Back, including spine, spinal cord||Multiple types of overexertion involving outside sources||Shovels|
|06/01/2021||Robert H. Delafield, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||An employee performing window trim carpentry was standing on a two-foot A-frame ladder atop a roof overhang when they fell about 11 feet to the ground. The employee was hospitalized with a fractured pelvis.||Fractures||Pelvis||Other fall to lower level 11 to 15 feet||Step ladders||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces|
|20/10/2020||North Star & Associates, Inc.||Tampa||Fl||An employee was operating the downspout gutter machine and amputated a fingertip.||Amputations||Fingertip(s)||Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation||Bending, rolling, shaping machinery|
|01/10/2020||The Fishel Company||Tampa||Fl||An employee was working on a streetlight fixture to be installed on a pole. The employee was caught between the lower boom of a bucket truck and a tool box, mounted on the bed of the truck. The employee suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung and was hospitalized.||Internal injuries to organs and blood vessels of the trunk||Chest, except internal location of diseases or disorders||Compressed or pinched by shifting objects or equipment||Boom truck, bucket or basket hoist truck|
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