Longshoreman killed at Port of New York and New Jersey

Port Newark New Jersey, USA - October 14, 2021: Shipping Container Cranes and barges standing idle and empty at one of the largest shipping ports in the United States.

A longshoreman has been killed after a straddle carrier toppled over in an accident at the Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Uriel Matamoros, 59, died on Wednesday 13 July working at PNCT, Berth 51, of Port Newark, the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) wrote in a social media post.

Matamoros died when a Noell Straddle Carrier he was operating toppled over.

“The ILA collectively weeps today as we mourn the passing of our Brother Uriel Matamoros,” said International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold J. Daggett. 

“We offer our full care, our condolences, and our prayers to his wife and two teenage children.”

President Daggett directed his International Safety Director Robert Fiore to conduct a full investigation into the accident.

“Once again, we were faced with the terrible responsibility to tell an ILA family that their husband, and father is not returning home from work,” said Daggett. 

“Our industry is a dangerous profession which is why we fight hard in negotiations for top level training programs. Our industry partners and the ILA must redouble our efforts to make certain we prevent accidents like the one that took the life of Brother Matamoros.”

“It is at this difficult time that we realize the dangers involved in our esteemed profession and the value of the need to raise the standards of health and safety,” wrote Jordi Aragunde, International Dockworkers Council (IDC) International Labor Coordinator.

“We must pull ourselves together and continue to fight to ensure that no worker loses his or her life on the job.”

Earlier this year the Maritime Union of New Zealand, the Rail and Maritime Transport Union, and the New Zealand Merchant Service Guild released a joint statement to demand national stevedoring standards after an employee died at the Ports of Auckland.

On 19 April, 26-year-old Atiroa Tuaiti, an employee of private stevedoring company Wallace Investments, died at Ports of Auckland after a fall aboard a container ship.

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