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Worker killed in Los Angeles port accident

Possible tire explosion kills one, injures another

May 16, 2019
by The Associated Press (APR)

LOS ANGELES – Officials have identified a dockworker killed in an industrial accident at the Port of Los Angeles.

A port spokesman says 58-year-old Jose Santoyo and an unidentified worker were repairing the tire of a container-handling top loader at Fenix Marine Services Wednesday morning when there was an explosion.

Preliminary reports indicated the tire, which was several feet tall, may have exploded.

The other worker was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center. There’s no immediate word on his injuries or condition.

Santoyo was a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Port Executive Director Gene Seroka says it’s particularly tragic that the accident occurred on the day of the union’s annual “First Blood” commemoration. The event remembers workers killed in a melee during a 1934 strike and others killed on the job.

Fenix Marine Services issued the following  statement: “We are deeply saddened to report the death of an ILWU longshoreman, and the serious injury of another, following an incident that occurred at the FMS container terminal.

The safety and well-being of our employees is always our primary concern and an investigation is underway with local agencies to ensure a cause is identified and will never happen again.

Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to their families, loved ones and all of our ILWU colleagues.”