S.F. man dies at Port of Oakland

Operations at the Port of Oakland are running as usual this morning following a tragic Monday night accident that claimed the life of a San Francisco man.

The Alameda County coroner has identified Edward Hall, 47, as the man crushed to death by a tractor-trailer at Bertha 55, a port terminal owned by Hanjin.

Oakland police reportedly responded around 7:45 p.m. to 2505 Middle Harbor Road on reports of a vehicle versus pedestrian accident.

Port spokesman Robert Bernardo said today that a truck was in position to unload a vessel at the Hanjin terminal when the driver backed into Hall.

This accident is the second port worker fatality in a little over two months. On Sept. 24, 39-year-old longshoreman Reginald Ross was crushed by a container, which promoted prompted ILWU Longshore Local 10 members to take the following day off of work, causing a one-day port shutdown.

Bernardo confirmed that Hall was not a member of any union.

ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees said this latest incident highlights the need for better safety protocols at the port.

“Everyone’s really upset and concerned, this is the second time in two months and two deaths in two months is too much,” Merrilees said.

The union hopes to meet with port and shipping company officials today to discuss safety concerns and organize better procedures to prevent more fatalities.

“We want to see more action and more concern about what we can do to reduce the fatalities,” he said.

Brandon Taylor, operations manager of Port of Oakland transportation logistics company GSC Logistics, said his drivers and dispatchers have been in place since 7 a.m. and have been running normal routes since terminals opened at 8 a.m.

“It appears to be business as usual as far as the truckers go this morning, even at the terminal where the accident took place,” Taylor said.

The Oakland police and the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, are investigating the incident, however criminal charges against the driver are unlikely, Bernardo said.

— Bay City News

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