Monday, 8 March 2010
Three people injured in two separate incidents at Southampton docks
A DOCK worker was left injured and stranded when his container mover toppled over last night, in the second serious incident at Southampton’s docks within a matter of hours.
It happened on the same day an 80ft crane on a barge collapsed onto the ship, leaving two men injured.
The incidents come just eight months after crane operator Jay Squibb was left a crushed voicebox and windpipe after his driver’s cab plunged 100ft when the machine he was operating collapsed as he unloaded containers from a ship at the city’s port.
Two crewmen from the vessel needed medical treatment after the first of yesterday’s incidents, which happened shortly after 10am in an area near the city cruise terminal on Herbert Walker Avenue.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation, but port bosses insisted it was a very different type of incident to the one which injured Jay, a 33-year-old father-of-two from Woolston, because that involved a quayside crane.
But just hours later, at around 12.20am today, a 32-year-old man was left injured when his empty container handler overturned.
The worker was transporting two containers on the machine, similar to a large fork lift truck, but it toppled over under the weight of the boxes as he came to a halt in the DP World container port off Western Avenue.
The man suffered a knee injury in the incident, but was left suspended around 20 feet off the ground.
Fire crews from Redbridge and St Mary’s were called to help, using an aerial ladder to rescue the stricken worker, who was then taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.
He has since been treated and allowed home.
Emergency services remained on the scene until 1.30am clearing diesel that had spilled from the carrier.