Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Man seriously injured after horrific ship fall at Mersey dock

This morning at Liverpool port, UK, a Peel Ports worker suffered a fall into a cargo hold. 
Apart from the media account below (which we were very grateful in receiving from a "Longshore Safety" FB page member), we haven't any further information but earnestly hope for the worker's well being and a quick recovery.
Updating this post, we understand from reliable sources that the fall occurred aboard C/V MOTIVATION D, A Liberian-flagged vessel of 900 TEU capacity (see photo within subsequent post).
We are also made to understand that operations underway at the relevant bay included the loading of 20' containers below deck. It is alleged that the worker was on a ladder (location unknown) and either slipped or otherwise lost his footing.
His injuries are apparently quite serious, including a broken pelvis and a ruptured spleen. Our thoughts are with him.

Ron Signorino

to Longshore Safety
Member/Honorary Member at International Longshoremen's Association

A man had to be rescued using a special cage following an horrific fall into a ship's hold at a Merseyside dock.
Emergency services were called to the deep water container terminal, Liverpool2 , based in front of the Royal Seaforth Dock just before 8.30am today, Tuesday April 23.
North West Ambulance Service spokeswoman said a man in his 50s has been taken to hospital after he suffered "major trauma injuries" after a "fall" at the terminal.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MF&RS) said the emergency services had to use a special cage to rescue the man after crews discovered he had fallen into the hold of a vessel - the area of a ship used for storing cargo - berthed at the docks.
A MF&RS spokeswoman said: "Fire crews were called to Seaforth Docks on Tuesday, April 23 following reports that a person had fallen into a ship's hold.
"Crews were alerted at 8.21am and on scene at 8.28am. Two fire engines and the search and rescue appliance attended.
"On arrival, crews found one person had fallen into the hold of a vessel berthed at the docks.
"Crews worked alongside North West Ambulance Service to extricate the casualty using a purpose built dock cage.
"The person was then taken to hospital by paramedics for further treatment. Crews left the scene at 9.58am."
Confirming the man was seriously injured a North West Ambulance Service spokeswoman told the ECHO: "We attended at 8.25am and we sent an ambulance, response paramedic and a hazardous area response team."
She added: "We treated a man in his mid 50s who was taken to hospital with major trauma injuries. It looks like it followed a fall.

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