We understand that an ITS-ConGlobal maintenance & repair service truck being operated by a member of ILA Local Union 1422-A exploded early this morning at the Wando-Welch Container Terminal (Charleston port, South Carolina). The blast reportedly tore the vehicle apart, and was heard throughout the Charlestown-Mount Pleasant area.
Post- explosion photographs lending credibility to the foregoing description of the explosion's power may be found below.
We know that the worker was transported to hospital in a responsive state, but have no further word as to his current condition. We're monitoring his circumstance and hope for a complete recovery.
His admittance to the hospital as an inpatient will certainly trigger an OSHA investigation, and the matter will also be carefully reviewed and analyzed by the ILA~USMX Joint Safety Committee.
Maintenance & repair service vehicles are often customized step-vans and medium-sized cab forward trucks, that are fitted out with all manner of tools and equipment necessary to service intermodal assets such as chassis, containers, materials handling plant, etc.
Consequently, most contain oxygen/acetylene burning and cutting setups, welding necessities and the like. Propane and refrigerants under pressure are sometimes carried, as well.
We look forward to the outcomes and recommendations of each assessment.
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