SEATTLE, Wash. — A maritime worker, who was a forklift driver at the Port of Seattle, was fatally injured when he became trapped between a container and forklift, according to Hector Castro, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, but he did not survive.
The accident happened on Thursday, May 17, at Terminal 18 at the Port of Seattle and was shut down for 24 hours.
The accident remains under investigation at this time.
Another maritme worker was killed on the same day in an unrelated maritime accident.
Castro said that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the other accident since it happened on the water, which is considered to be under the purview of the federal agency rather than state.
The victim involved in the second accident died while washing a boat. OSHA did not confirm if the victim was male or female. An OSHA spokesperson said their investigation could take six months.
Neither victim has been identified until next-of-kin is notified.
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