According to NJ.com, two dockworkers were injured recently when a straddle truck at the APM Port Elizabeth terminal caught fire, as the blaze spread to a shipping container the vehicle was carrying.
The newspaper noted that the fire occurred at the same terminal where a female dockworker was killed by a coworker who was allegedly drunk earlier this year. The shipping container that caught fire contained wood and wood pulp, and the truck and container were engulfed in flames when emergency officials arrived at the scene of the incident.
The driver of the truck was reportedly taken to a hospital for the treatment of minor burns and a knee injury he or she suffered while leaping from the burning vehicle, according to NJ.com. Another worker was treated for smoke inhalation at a different hospital.
The incident occurred on September 7. There were no details released as to how the fire started. It remains under investigation.
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Dock, port or barge accidents can occur when there are mechanical mishaps or employees make mistakes. Sadly, these incidents can result in catastrophic collisions and/or large fires. This is why employees who work on docks or ports have specific legal rights when it comes to pursuing damages for injuries.
Our nationwide maritime accident lawyers help injury victims utilize the Longshore Act, which provides protections to employees injured on land including dockworkers, or other applicable maritime laws to obtain damages if they are injured on-the-job.
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