The man was crushed between a forklift and a container, said Hector Castro, spokesman for the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. Seattle Fire Department medics took the man to Harborview Medical Center, where he died.
Jaime Neal, a vice president at SSA Marine, said the man was working at Terminal 18 when the fatal incident occurred. She said SSA Marine is working with investigators from the Labor and Industries.
“This is a very sad and tragic situation. Our deepest sympathies go out to [his] family,” Neal said. “We take these accidents very seriously.”
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Officials with International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Local 19, declined to comment about what happened until the man’s family had been contacted. Terminal 18 is shut down for a 24-hour period, as is customary after an on-site death, union officials said.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also investigating a second maritime industry fatality in Seattle yesterday.
Deanne Amaden, an OSHA spokeswoman, said that a worker was killed while “performing a pressure washing operation on a boat.” Amaden, who had initially said that the accident happened inside a shipyard, said this afternoon that the man was aboard a boat tied up at a dock when he died.
Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department, said that medics were called to the 2700 West Commodore Way at 5:27 p.m. on a report of a man in his mid-20s not breathing. Medics found the man on the walkway of a large ship; someone had already started CPR. The man could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene, Moore said.
The man was working on a large commercial fishing boat docked at the Maritime Industrial Center, which is Port of Seattle property, another tenant in the center said.