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Longshore worker recovering from minor injuries from containership mishap Wednesday

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on March 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm with No Comments »
March 28, 2013 4:16 pm

A longshore worker was recovering from minor injuries Thursday he received while he was lashing down containers on a ship at the Port of Tacoma’s Husky Terminal Wednesday night.

Port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said the worker apparently missed a step while climbing and fell to the ship’s deck.  The ship was “K” Line’s Chiswick Bridge.

The injured worker was placed on a back board by firefighters and lifted off the ship using a terminal container crane.

Lifting the worker off the ship with the crane was preferably to carrying him down the gangway by hand because it was smoother and quicker, said the spokeswoman.

Wednesday’s incident was the third in the last month at the port.  A longshore mechanic was killed March 12 while he was working on a container crane at the port’s Pierce County Terminal. Another longshore worked died Monday at APM Terminal when he apparently suffered a heart attack on the job.

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