A longshore worker was injured today when a bar he was using to remove lashings from containers on a ship hit him in the eye and cheek, according to the Port of Tacoma.
The man was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, Port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said.
The longshoreman was working on a ship in the Olympic Container Terminal when he was injured, she said, adding that it appeared that the bar “got away from him.”
The Tacoma Fire Department responded to the ship just before 6 p.m. and transported the worker to the hospital.
Information from the longshore union about the accident is not immediately available today, said Scott Mason, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 president.
The injury is the fourth to a longshore worker at the port in recent months.
In March, a longshoreman suffered minor injuries while lashing down containers on a ship in the Husky Terminal, when he apparently missed a step while climbing and fell to the ship’s deck.
That same month, a longshore mechanic was killed while working on a container crane at the Pierce County Terminal and another died at APM Terminal when he apparently suffered a heart attack while working.