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How Did a NJ Dockworker Lose His Hand?

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

According to NJ.com, a dockworker had his severed in an October accident at the APM Port Elizabeth container terminal. The dockworker, 49, of Paramus, was allegedly attempting to replace a hoist cable on the dock when it became wrapped around his arm and tightened. His hand was then severed from his arm and he was transported to an area hospital where doctors attempted to reattach the limb. Officials at the hospital, citing privacy laws, were not able to comment whether they were able to successfully reattach the man’s hand to his arm. The incident remains under investigation. It was the third serious accident at the dock over the course of three months. Previously, a drunk coworker at the terminal allegedly killed a dockworker and two workers were injured in a terminal fire. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating all of the incidents. How Are Dockworkers Placed in…
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American Couple Injured in Whale Boat Accident

Posted on November 25, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

According to the Chicago Tribune, an Indiana couple was injured when a whale watching boat they were on capsized off the coast of western Canada in October. The newspaper reported that an infectious disease specialist and her husband, the CEO of an investment company, were among the 27 passengers on board the MV Leviathan II when it capsized off the coast of Vancouver Island on October 25. At least five people died in the event and one person went missing. The doctor reportedly suffered a heart attack during the event as she was found holding onto a paddle in water that was extremely cold for about 30 to 40 minutes. Officials believe that hypothermia may have contributed to the heart attack. Following the incident, she was treated at a nearby hospital. The CEO reportedly was trapped under the boat but was able to reach air and find a life raft….
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Has the Search for El Faro Data Recorder Been Called Off?

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

According to National Public Radio, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called off its search for the missing data recorder from the wreckage of the El Faro. The agency said that it used remote operated vehicles with the assistance of the Navy to attempt to find the recorder through the remaining wreckage that has been found of the container ship. The El Faro sank off the coast of the Bahamas on October 1 during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 crewmembers aboard. Officials were able to locate the vessel’s navigation bridge, and the deck below it became separated from the rest of the ship when it sank, according to NPR. Investigators were hoping to find the data recorder along with the separated wreckage, as it could be used to document readings, position and radio communications made by crewmembers before the ship sank. At the time of the accident, the ship was…
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Missing NJ Barge Worker’s Body Found

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

According to NJ.com, officials from the U.S. Coast Guard have confirmed that the body of a man recovered near Bayonne is that of a barge worker who fell into the water in Kill Van Kull in October. The worker was performing tasks at the Pier 1 of the International Matex Tank Terminal on October 16 when he was descending a ladder to get off a barge and it shifted, and he lost his balance, forcing him into the water. Another employee who saw the accident occur went to get a life ring but when he returned, the man went missing. About four other crewmembers that were working around the incident did not see it occur. Police began dive team efforts shortly after the incident took place and rescue workers were able to locate a body in the area nearby. A police official said the incident has been deemed an industrial…
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