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An employee fell at Newport News Shipyard. He died three weeks later

NEWPORT NEWS — James Goins, a master shipbuilder and sheet metal worker specialist for Newport News Shipbuilding, fell at the shipyard on Dec. 13, said Duane Bourne, NNS spokesman.

After the incident, Goins was hospitalized for his injuries and died at the hospital on Jan. 3.

Bourne released the following statement in an email to WYDaily:

“On Jan. 3, we were notified that James Goins, a master shipbuilder and sheet metal worker specialist, passed away after being hospitalized for injuries sustained during a fall at our facility on Dec. 13. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time of loss. Our priority has been Mr. Goins’ care following his injury, and his family – providing them support, while respecting their privacy. We have also been focused on understanding how this accident occurred and preventing it from happening again. We immediately conducted an internal investigation and are also cooperating with OSHA on its investigation. Because there is an active ongoing OSHA investigation and in the interest of the family’s privacy, we cannot provide additional details at this time.”

Bourne said the company sent a letter to shipyard employees after Goins’ was injured.

No other information about the incident was immediately released.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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