A dock worker was killed Wednesday and another severely injured in an accident involving a blown tire at a container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, a port official said.
The Fenix Marine Services terminal on Pier 300 was closed following the 7:30 a.m. accident, which will be investigated by Cal/OSHA, Port Police and other agencies, said port spokeswoman Rachel Campbell.
The blown tire had been attached to a top loader, she said.
The workers were members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. There was no immediate word on the ages or names of the victims.
“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,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino.
“Please keep their families in your prayers and respect their privacy at this time,” he said. “Today is a tragic reminder of the danger that thousands of workers face every day working on our docks. My office will continue to work with the ILWU, Port Police, LAPD and LAFD as they investigate the cause of the accident.”
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