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Three straddle accidents

Three straddle carrier accidents have been reported this week, two in New York New Jersey and one in New Zealand.
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At the port of New York New Jersey two accidents occurred at different terminals within 30 minutes, both collisions between two straddle carriers. One occurred at Port Newark Container Terminal and resulted in one of the drivers being taken to hospital.

The other, at neighbouring Maher Terminals, also resulted in one driver going to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

The accident in New Zealand occurred at Port Otago in the South Island and was far more serious. A Kalmar straddle carrier traveling empty over turned when serving a quay crane. The machine fell on the cab side and the driver had to be extracted from its partly crushed cab by ambulance staff.  He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. 

The rollover occurred in early afternoon on a dry yard surface. The port and WorkSafe New Zealand are investigating. Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood said the incident reinforces its call for an “industry wide health and safety inquiry looking at all stevedoring operations in New Zealand, including both current operators and new operators”.
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