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Crane Accident Injures NIT Worker in Norfolk

A NIT employee is recovering after falling from a crane. The man fell 20 to 25 feet from the crane before landing on a shipping container below. Rescuers worked quickly to remove the worker from the container, which was an estimated 15 feet off the ground. The crew set up a rescue basket and safety rope to transport the injured man down. First responders assisted once he was back on the ground and eventually took him to a local hospital to treat his injuries. Investigators are still working to understand the cause of the accident.

The Norfolk International Terminals are the backbone of local trade and shipping. Marine cargo workers, deckhands and roughnecks who assist with crane operations all have very dangerous jobs. Neglect of maintenance and lack of training too often lead to accidents – sometimes deadly ones.

Workers who assist with attaching and unhooking loads from cranes can be hit in the head or pinned between shipping containers, or as in this incident, fall from great heights. Should you experience an injury because of the negligence of your employer or another worker, you may want to speak with a maritime attorney.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime related accident, you may want to speak with an experienced maritime lawyer about your legal rights.

Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of law after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Contact our office to setup a free consultation with Richard Serpe.

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