Worker at Ingalls Shipbuilding Dies from Workplace Injuries

(Source: Engalls Shipbuilding)

A worker at Ingalls Shipbuilding’s shipyard, located in Pascagoula, Mississippi, has died of critical injuries he sustained in a workplace accident last week.

According to Jackson’s local CBS News affiliate, Randy Wade, who was a tank tester at Ingalls, was struck in the head by a tank lid while he was working aboard a newbuild U.S. Navy vessel. He was transported to a local hospital in Jackson, where he was treated for severe facial fractures and a severe brain injury. Following that emergency treatment, he was showing signs of improvement, but then his condition deteriorated severely, and he died.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our fellow shipbuilder, Randy Wade,” said an Ingalls spokesperson in a brief statement. “We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Wade’s wife and family, friends and coworkers.”

Ingalls Shipbuilding is one of the three primary yards for the construction of the U.S. Naval vessels, along with Huntington Ingalls Newport News and Bath Iron Works.

We at the Herd Law Firm grieve for Randy’s family and friends. We have represented a number of shipyard workers who have been severely injured when doorways or hatches closed suddenly. We call upon all shipyards and their managers to exercise extreme caution when their workers are in the vicinity of doors, hatches or other devices that can close or fall suddenly, as the consequences can be dire indeed.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed from shipyard, longshoring or other maritime-related work, we would be pleased to discuss the rights and remedies that may be available to you, free of charge.

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