Loss of Life Resulted from Virginia International Terminal's Safety Violations
The most recent fatal industrial accident occurred in December when David B. Weiland, a longshoreman who worked at Norfolk International Terminals, was killed after a worker slammed a straddle carrier into a light pole which fell onto Mr. Weiland's car. Our firm wrote about this terrible accident when it first occurred and wondered what could have been done to prevent this incident from occurring.
It turns out actions could have been taken by Virginia International Terminals. They were fined $7,000 by OSHA (the maximum allowable penalty) after they found egregious violations, including the fact that the at-fault worker was involved in multiple accidents but was still allowed to operate the potentially dangerous equipment.
The officials at Virginia International Terminals need to take a serious look at their safety regulations and potentially make some dramatic changes. Again, 17 safety violations in five years may not sound like a lot, but even a single serious industrial accident is one too many, especially considering there were six lives lost in these tragic incidences.