One person is dead and another injured in an accident involving a tyre on a top handler in Los Angeles.
The Port of Los Angeles has issued a statement following a tragic accident that killed an International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) worker and seriously injured a second worker on Wednesday 15 May.
“The incident occurred at approximately 7:25 a.m. at Fenix Marine Services at Pier 300. According to initial reports, an equipment accident involving a top loader container handler caused the death of one worker and injured the other. The injured worker was transported to Harbour UCLA Medical Centre. The names of those involved in the accident are not yet available”.
Enquiries by WorldCargo News ascertained that the incident involved a tyre explosion in a maintenance area, and that both the workers involved were male. No further details are available at this time and WorldCargo News does not know exactly what happened in this instance. However, accidents during tyre maintenance are not unknown in the port industry. This was discussed in an article in May 2012, which is attached below for reference.
“My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this tragic accident and to all the brothers and sisters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “It’s particularly tragic that this accident occurred on the day of the ILWU’s annual ‘First Blood’ event, which honours those who have lost their lives working on the waterfront.”
"I am heartbroken to learn that we lost one of our ILWU brothers in an industrial accident at the Port of Los Angeles while another has been seriously injured,” said Los Angeles 15th District City Councilman Joe Buscaino. “Please keep their families in your prayers and respect their privacy at this time. Today is a tragic reminder of the danger that thousands of workers face every day working on our docks. My office will continue to work with the agencies investigating this accident.”
This article from WorldCargo News May 2012 discusses some of the issues around safety and tyre servicing.