Longshoreman Killed in Port of Camden Forklift Accident
The Port of Camden is situated on the Delaware River in southern New Jersey with access to the Atlantic Ocean. The Port of Camden consists of the Beckett Street Terminal and the Broadway Terminal. According to the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC), it receives hundreds of ships moving international and domestic cargo every year, and the more than 2.3 million tons of cargo in 2001 made it the second highest tonnage year in Port history.
The Courier-Post reported on June 11 that a longshoreman died after sustaining multiple traumatic injuries in a forklift accident at the Port of Camden. James Dugan, secretary of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1242, identified him as John Mahoney. Mahoney was working for the Delaware River Stevedores when the accident happened, and company president Bob Palaima told the Courier-Post that Mahoney was working as a pointer checker. It was believed that Mahoney was hit while inside a large shed that holds unloaded items from vessels.
Longshoremen and dockworkers work with dangerous equipment, heavy cargo and hazardous materials that place them at increased risk of serious injuries. Earlier this month, the Southeast Texas Record reported that a longshoreman filed a lawsuit against Ricchi Navigation and Meadway Shipping & Trading after he was thrown more than 20 feet in the air when a crane malfunctioned. The longshoreman allegedly sustained serious head, leg, knee, back and neck injuries.
These maritime workers may be entitled to compensation for catastrophic injuries under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and/or the Jones Act. Latti & Anderson LLP has been helping injured longshoremen and their families for over a half-century, and you can use the form on this page to have our Boston maritime trial lawyers review your case or you can contact our firm at (800) 392-6072 to set up a free consultation.
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#DidYouKnow OSHA’s “Longshoring and Marine Terminals: Fatal Facts” includes eight accident guidesheets relating to forklift operations.
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