A worker was killed at the Port of Anchorage earlier today while handling military equipment.
Lindsey Whitt is the head of the External Affairs for the Port, and says this morning’s incident involved cargo shipping to the 1st Stryker Brigade in Fairbanks.
“A longshoreman was working on the port, and he was loading military equipment onto the rail, and he was pinned between two pieces of military equipment,” Whitt said.
The name of the man is being withheld until next of kin have been notified.
Members of the Longshoreman’s union work under a company named Sea Star– unloading freight from the military’s contractor in Alaska, TOTE. Whitt says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration–or OSHA is investigating whether safety protocols broke down.
But because the incident involves a private company, federal property, and a municipal facility, the specifics of the investigation aren’t yet clear.