No one imagines as the set out to work that they might be involved in an accident on the job. A work accident can happen no matter the industry or how much safety training and precautions are incorporated by employers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2018, almost 40% of non-fatal, on the job injuries happened to workers in private industry were in manufacturing and construction.
ABC 7 in Los Angeles reported last week that one worker was killed and another seriously injured while on the job at the Port of Los Angeles on the morning of Wednesday, May 15th.
Authorities say that the accident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m.at Pier 300 at Fenix Marine Services. A spokesperson for the port said that the accident involved a piece of container handling equipment that had a tire blowout or rim malfunction.
The worker was a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and was pronounced dead at the scene of the industrial accident. A second worker was transported to an area hospital for treatment and is currently listed in serious condition.
The accident will be investigated by Port Authority Police, Cal/OSHA and other related industries in order to determine the cause.
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Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino said in a statement to the media, “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.” Buscaino also asked everyone to keep the surviving family members in their prayers and to respect their privacy.