Hampton Ship Repair Company and Portsmouth Staffing Company Are Cited Over Death of Worker on Destroyer Nitze
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rules are intended to protect workers from inhumane conditions including soaring temperatures.
But something went badly wrong last summer in Norfolk when a temporary worker died from “excessive heat” on the destroyer Nitze.
As a Norfolk personal injury lawyer I deal with many wrongful death cases in which people lose their lives through the negligence of others. It may be on the roads, in hospitals in a carbon monoxide polluted apartment complex or at the workplace.
The Virginian-Pilot reported on how the U.S. Labor Department has “ cited a ship repair company based in Hampton and a staffing business in Portsmouth,” over the death of the temporary worker.
They are accused of failing to ensure adequate working conditions of this employee who died on the Nitze.
The companies in question are B.R. Flowers & Co. and Tidewater Staffing Inc. OSHA accused them of a “serious violation” of OSHA’s “general duty clause,” according to a news release from the federal agency.
It said that “a serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.”
The press release said the worker died “while cleaning up debris on the deck” of the Nitze while it was at Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk. The worker was not identified.
As well as facing these fines the companies could be liable in wrongful death suits for this tragic and totally avoidable death. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a company or an individual, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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