Oakland Port Worker Killed In California Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | May 20th, 2013

May 20, 2013

A 78-year-old longshoreman from San Francisco has died as the result of a California Truck Accident that occurred in Oakland last week. Reports indicate the incident happened on Friday afternoon near the TraPac Terminal located along 7th Street in the Port of Oakland.

According to an article from CBS-SF Bay Area, the 47-year employee of the port was in the vehicle assisting with the movement of cargo shipping containers when the vehicle was knocked into the water by an object or piece of equipment. The worker was unable to escape the vehicle before it sank to the ocean floor.

Rescue crews were able to attach cables to the sunken vehicle in order to pull it to the surface. Only then were first responders able to recover the body of the victim and declared him dead at the scene of the accident.

Investigators say they are continuing to look into what contributing factors may have played a part in the accident and if it could have been prevented.

Accidents involving a worker coming into contact with an object or piece of equipment occur far too often, considering 15 percent of all workplace fatalities are the result of such incidences.

The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers acknowledge how devastating the loss of a loved one to an unforeseen work-related fatality can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the victim of this tragedy.