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.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating all of the incidents.
How Are Dockworkers Placed in Danger?
Dockworkers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the country, as they are placed in positions where mechanical accidents or employee mistakes can result in death or catastrophic injuries. It is not uncommon for equipment to break, vehicle collisions to occur or fires to ignite on docks.
This is why there are laws designed specifically to help dockworkers when accidents take place, like the Longshore Act.
Under the Longshore Act, maritime employees injured on land can obtain specific damages for their wounds, which can include money for amputated limbs, burns or other catastrophic injuries. Additionally, family members of victims who have been killed may be able to seek compensation for their loved one’s death and lost wages.
In the video above, attorney David Anderson explains how the Longshore Act may pertain to your case.