(CMR) A junior port worker has broken his leg after a container load of sheet metal and aluminum pipping from a Seaboard container fell on him Monday afternoon around 1:30 pm. Medical experts are concerned that he may lose his leg as a result of this accident.
Reports are that the man will likely require surgery as the nasty break left a bone protruding through this skin. The incident has forced the port to close for the remainder of Monday afternoon. Emergency services, including an ambulance and RCIPS, were on the scene, with the latter leaving shortly after 4:00 pm. The man is said to be a recent hire and was taken to hospital via EMT.
Exclusive sources revealed that despite the port trying to keep the incident quiet many persons were already talking about the dangerous nature of what port workers have to endure on the location daily. In this instance, the complaint is the shippers continue to load metal pipes and sheet metal in an unsafe manner. So much so that often, the staff refused to unload the material and would leave that for Seaboard staff.
CMR revealed in July that a Brac port worker was suing them after he sustained an injury back on July 1, 2020. CMR reported in 2022 that the Brac man had broken both of his feet. Another incident occurred in December 2021 with a man being dropped some 9 feet when a crane dropped the truck he was in.
Two weeks ago, we also reported that the port safety concerns remain unaddressed, and the two cranes are rapidly aging and constantly breaking down. A mechanic who was working on those cranes slipped, fell, and broke his ribs.
Sources also revealed that there have been numerous requests for this type of material to be placed on a flat rack by Seaboard, and unfortunately, those requests have been ignored.