Sunday, 7 July 2019

The article below chronicles a fatal accident that occurred at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium on Monday.



The article below chronicles a fatal accident that occurred at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium on Monday.



In that accident, a worker engaged in container repair activities was run over by a large industrial truck used to move containers throughout the facility.

The relevant Google Translate version of the article (from the original Dutch) is set out here:

"Fatal industrial accident at Antwerp Container Repair: man ends up under heavy forklift

A dramatic industrial accident occurred on Monday afternoon at Antwerp Container Repair (ACR) in the Waasland port. A man ended up under a heavy forklift truck and died on the spot. The public prosecutor's office has opened an investigation. Shortly after the fact, a fellow dock worker became involved in another traffic accident on the E34. The man knew the victim and was possibly overwhelmed by the emotions.

The accident happened at the Antwerp Container Repair (ACR) quay at the Blikken in Verrebroek. The company rents a parcel from Antwerp Euro Terminal (AET) and is engaged in the repair of damaged sea containers and the storage of empty containers. Nothing is known about the precise circumstances, but the victim was run over by a heavy forklift for containers. The fire department, two ambulances and a mosquito team came to the scene. The emergency services undertook another resuscitation attempt, but unfortunately this did not help. The victim died on the spot from his injuries. Some of the man's colleagues were in shock and were taken care of on the spot. The forklift driver, who was handling a container at the time of the accident, was taken to the hospital in shock. The labor prosecutor investigates how the accident could happen. No one was available for comment on Monday at the company."

Ron Signorino

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