Thursday, May 24, 2012

2 Seattle Dockworkers Killed

Two dockworkers have been killed during separate incidents on the same day in Seattle. At the Port of Seattle, a forklift driver working at Terminal 18 on Harbor Island died after he was accidentally crushed between a forklift and a container on May 17, according to the Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries.

The terminal was later shut down for about 24 hours by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union following the death of the man, who was later identified as Paul A. Stuart, 61, by the King County Medical Office.

On the same day as Stuart’s death, a man performing pressure washing on a large commercial fishing boat tied to a dock at the Port of Seattle’s Maritime Industrial Center began having breathing trouble and collapsed on the ship’s walkway.

The man, who was later identified as Francisco J. Montes-Lopez, was pronounced dead after paramedics who arrived on the scene couldn’t revive him. Seattle police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration say they are investigating the cause and manner of Montes-Lopez’s death, and that it may have involved carbon monoxide poisoning.