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Industrial Accident Hurts Worker at Norfolk International Terminals

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Industrial Accident Hurts Worker at Norfolk International Terminals

By John Cooper, Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyer

Industrial accidents are a constant threat in Hampton Roads which has numerous shipyards, rail yards and other industrial facilities.

I was saddened to read about an accident on Friday at the Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) at the Port of Virginia which led to a worker being taken to a local hospital.

Norfolk International Terminals in Portsmouth, VA

Norfolk International Terminals

Just after 11 a.m. on Friday, emergency crews arrived at the scene to find a worker had fallen about 25 feet from a crane, reported. He landed on a cargo container which was about 15 feet above the ground, according to Battalion Chief Brandon Dommel with Norfolk Fire-Rescue.

The worker was brought safely to the ground by crews who used a rope rescue system.  He was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Officials did not release the extent of the worker’s injuries.

A photo on the website, showed heavy damage to the cab of a straddle carrier at NIT.  The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Industrial accidents occur fairly regularly in Hampton Roads. When these kinds of accident happen, the consequences can often be severe. In 2013, a worker was killed at the Lyons Shipyard in Norfolk.

Workers are often the victims of industrial accidents but this is not always the case. Recently, in Manhattan in New York, a massive crane collapsed, killing a passer-by.

The huge crane’s boom ended up across an intersection. It smashed up the roofs of several cars and debris ended scattered across a block. The crane collapse killed David Wichs, who worked at a computerized trading firm.

Crane collapses are one of the things that can go wrong on a construction site. Falls are another. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal work injuries in the construction and extraction industries increased 5 percent in 2014 to 885. This was the highest number of deaths recorded by construction workers since 2008. A recent building boom in some cities has led to an increase in fatalities.  Improperly constructed scaffolding is a significant cause of workers falling to their deaths.

Falls are one of the most significant causes of deaths in the construction industry. In 2013, for example, there were 291 fatal falls out of a total of just over 800 deaths in the construction industry, according to figures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

I hope the worker who fell at Norfolk International Terminals makes a full recovery. In cases in which workers fall, there may have been a lapse in safety by an employer or a site owner. Call us if you have been involved in an industrial accident at (757) 455-0077.


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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