Worker Killed in Fork Lift Accident at Portsmouth APM Terminals

03/28/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Portsmouth, VA — A female worker at APM Terminals was killed on Monday, March 28, 2011, in a fork lift accident. The fatal workplace accident occurred just after 8 a.m., at the APM Terminals in Portsmouth, Virginia, reported the Daily Press.

According to police officials, 38-year-old Paula Bellamy of Spingbloom Drive in Portsmouth was working as a “slinger,” or also known as a guide to a crane operator, for Ceres Marine Terminals Inc. when she was fatally hit.

Bellamy was reportedly standing on a pier, using a radio to guide a crane operator, when the forklift operator—whose vision was obstructed by the containers he was moving—struck the victim, according to a port authority spokesman.

Responding emergency crews rushed Bellamy to Sentra Norfolk General Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 8:59 a.m.

Police and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating.

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