With great regret, we've received word that a 53 year-old lasher working aboard C/V COSCO DEVELOPMENT (see photo below) at Port Elizabeth, New Jersey this morning suffered a fatal cardiac event while in the course of unlocking twist locks.
From what we understand, the worker (a member of ILA Local Union 1804-1) had mildly complained to his partner at the beginning of their shift that he was not feeling well.
The partner was agreeable to conducting the more strenuous work (releasing turnbuckles and rods), while the effected worker performed less strenuous activity (unlocking SATLs).
While conducting that unlocking exercise on one of the 13,000 TEU vessel's lashing bridges, the effected employee experienced the cardiac event and died.
You always look out for your fellow worker. I spent 17 years lashing / unlashing / twist locks etc with my partner. We grew up together and were in the same school and socialised together. You always do the best to help out a fellow worker who is feeling a tad rough - you never expect this R.I.P Fellow Docker
Ron Signorino - Longshore Safety
The Port Of Felixstowe workers and others on site are privileged to have these people ready to help in minutes