Posted on June 11, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A port worker was killed during the early morning hours of June the 10th while working at the port of Ancona, Italy.
The incident occurred at approximately 06:15 am LT, during mooring operations.
The Portuguese-flagged BF PHILLIPP had just arrived at platform 23 and was in the process of unloading its cargo when a synthetic fibre cable that had been hooked to a bollard snapped in half.
The cable lashed out and hit the 33-year-old dock Worker, Luca Rizzeri in the back of the neck, killing him instantly.
The port staff immediately tried to resuscitate the unfortunate dock worker, but the doctor that arrived at the scene was unable to do anything.
Italian prosecutor, Rosario Lioniello has opened an investigation into the accident, claiming that manslaughter has taken place, and that the guilty parties need to be brought to justice.
A technical inspection of the vessel is current underway by the Ancona Port Authority and the Italian Coast Guard.
The prosecutor will also investigate the docking procedures so as to verify if all the mooring operations were carried out correctly.
Local trade unions are meeting with the Port Authority in order to review the safety protocols at the port.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic