Falling cargo container kills man at Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia.
DETAILS OF THE INCIDENT
Police say a man is dead after a cargo container fell on his pickup truck at the Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia.
The call came in at 12:15 p.m. Monday from the facility in the 3300 block of South Columbus Boulevard.
According to Port Authority officials, it appears what's called a top pick or top reacher, a piece of equipment that lifts the large shipping containers, knocked a stack of them accidentally. The shipping containers came down on top of a small white pickup truck with a 52-year-old male employee inside. According to the News network the victim worked as a checker, someone who makes the rounds at the terminal counting containers and monitoring operations.He was pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation is currently underway.
STATISTICAL INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS
The leading cause for workplace fatalities involve interface between employees and vehicles. Earlier this month the HSE released fatality statistics for the year and 'struck by moving vehicle' and 'struck by moving object' are in the top 3 causes of workplace fatalities at the workplace.
Within the Ports Industry, injuries due to 'Driving' and 'Hit by' was attributable to 37% of all injuries sustained in 2016.
REVIEW OF RISK ASSESSMENTS - RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS
1) L148 - SAFETY IN DOCKS - ACOP
2) SIP001 – GUIDANCE ON WORKPLACE TRANSPORT PORT AND TERMINAL PLANNING
- 5.2 The main hazards in ports and terminals occur at the interface between vehicles and pedestrians
- 5.4 Careful thought and planning must be given to traffic routes and the location of storage areas within the site.
- 8 COMPETENCE, INFORMATION, INSTRUCTION, TRAINING SUPERVISION - All persons engaged in work must be trained and assessed as competent for the role that they are required to perform. All persons must: be provided with adequate information, instruction, training and supervision.
3) A GUIDE TO WORKPLACE TRANSPORT SAFETY
This guide provides advice for employers on what they need to do to comply with the law and reduce risk. It will also be useful for managers, supervisors, employees and their safety representatives, as well as contractors, vehicle operators and other organisations concerned with workplace transport safety.
4) HSE page covering; vehicles at work, vehicle safety, lift trucks, people safety, site safety and traffic management