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Shipping container falls onto truck, killing worker at Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia

July 13, 2017

At around 12:30pm on Monday, July 10th, 2017, a shipping container fell onto a pickup truck, killing a worker at Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia.

Port Authority officials have determined that it appears a piece of equipment used to lift the large shipping containers, known as a top pick or top reacher, accidentally knocked over a stack of the cargo containers, causing the incident.

The incident occurred on the Publicker portion of the Packer site. The name of the victim has not been released pending family notification, however, Kevin Feeley, spokesman for Greenwich Terminals LLC, said that the 52-year old male victim “was a valued 20-year employee at the terminal.”

Police and federal safety officials have launched an investigation. Feely asserts the company is in full cooperation.

In 2011, longshoreman Carmen DiRago, 54, died at the terminal when a tractor accidentally backed into him.

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