Oakland Crane Mechanic Killed In Work-Related Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 5th, 2012

November 5, 2012

A 51-year-old Oakland, California, man was killed recently in a work-related accident at the Port of Oakland. The Silicon Valley Mercury News reports the incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. on October 24 at berth 37, part of the Ben E. Nutter Terminal.

A port spokesperson, Marilyn Sandifur, stated the crane mechanic, who was working with the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, was with another employee inspecting a crane at the location when a moving piece of the machine suddenly shifted and crushed the victim.

An inspector from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA), Peter Melton, explained the victim died as a result of blunt force trauma to the chest and a California Brain Injury he sustained in the accident.

CalOSHA and local law enforcement agencies are still conducting investigations to determine the cause of the accident and also if it could have been prevented.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that employees who worked in the machinery service industry made up a total of 177 of the total workplace fatalities last year. Contact with objects and equipment made up 15 percent of all work-related fatalities that year as well.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand how devastating a work-related accident can be. That’s why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have regarding an on-the-job accident you were hurt in at no fault of your own.