Dock worker killed by snapped cable
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
A dock worker on the Panamanian cargo vessel Ma Altair was killed when a cable snapped and threw him through the air. Witnesses say that the 54 year old worker was struck on his right side by a 1-1/2 inch cable being used to unload steel products.
Authorities were notified at 8:10 am CDT (1310 UTC). The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Snapped cables are a significant occupational hazard, capable of maiming and dismembering people nearby. Equipment struck by cables snapping under load is often destroyed.
- Monica Guzman. "Ship Channel dock worker killed by snapped cable" — , October 5, 2005
- "Dalton v. U.S. Department of Labor" — , February 19, 2003
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