Monday, August 22, 2011

ANOTHER dockworker killed

I find it difficult to believe everyone is just accepting
that these are "accidents".

From The Journal of Commerce

Saturday accident marks the second death on the Philadelphia waterfront in eight days

A longshoreman fell to his death in a breakbulk ship Saturday in the second fatal accident in eight days on the Philadelphia waterfront.

Vernon Knight, 54, a member of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1291, fell from a tween deck into a ship’s hold, said Robert Palaima, president of Delaware River Stevedores.

The ship, the Rickmers New Orleans, was handling project cargo at Tioga Marine Terminal. Palaima said the accident is under investigation.

The fatal accident followed the unrelated deaths of two dockworkers Aug. 12 at Philadelphia and Newark, N.J. In those accidents, Carmen “Chuckie” Dirago, a member of Local 1291, was killed at Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and Don Denia, a member of Local 1804-1, was killed at Maher Terminals at Elizabeth, N.J.

Knight was the 15th ILA dockworker killed in a work accident in the last four years.


Kevin said...

The ILA has been under assault in Philadelphia for quite some time from union busting stevedore companies, best highlighted by the loss of the Del Monte contract last year. I suspect that safety is being overlooked for fear of losing more jobs. That seems a whole lot more likely than the Mob, which really has lost its grip on the ILA locals, save for a few in NY and NJ.

Lynda Applegate said...


Thanks for your comment.

Does anyone know of the details of
the accident at Maher Terminal
in NJ?

chogan said...

He was electrocuted in crane 10.

Ajlounyinjurylaw said...

This is very sad. My heart and prayers go out to his family.