Posted on May 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
One dock worker was killed, and another was seriously injured during an industrial accident that occurred in the Port of Los Angeles in the morning of May the 15th.
The accident occurred at approximately 07:25 am on Wednesday morning at Fenix Marine Services at Pier 300.
Preliminary reports suggest that there was an equipment malfunction involving a top loader container handler. Reportedly, a tire on the top leader exploded while the loader was undergoing repairs.
The 56-year-old dock worker, Jose Santoyo who has since then been identified as a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, was found dead by the L.A. County Fire Department crews that arrived on the scene.
A 2nd worker, who is unidentified at this time, was found injured and was immediately rushed to the Harbor UCLA Medical Center where he is currently being treated for his injuries.
Port Police, State Occupational Safety officials and the Coast Guard have opened a joint investigation into the accident.
The container terminal in which the accident took place remains closed at this time.
“I am heartbroken to hear that this morning we lost one of our ILWU brothers in an industrial accident at the Port of Los Angeles while another has been seriously injured…Today is a tragic reminder of the danger that thousands of workers face every day working on our docks,” said in a statement to the press, L.A. City Councilman, Joe Buscaino.