Tuesday 13th Nov, 2018

Investigations ongoing, Hutchison’s Sydney terminal remains closed

Photo: Jim Wilson
Photo: Jim Wilson

HUTCHISON’S Port Botany terminal remains closed today (23 April) after a worker fell 10 metres from a shuttle carrier on the wharf on Thursday.

The worker, a 54-year-old woman, was taken to St George Hospital and was in a critical condition on Friday. Following a request from the family, the hospital was unable to provide any further updates on her condition.

Maritime Union national secretary Paddy Crumlin passed on the best wishes of everyone in the MUA and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to the worker, who is an MUA member.

“Our hearts go out to our member and her family. Everyone deserves to go home safely from work each day no matter where they work and one accident is one accident too many,” he said.

“We know the waterfront is a dangerous place to work. That’s why the campaign for better safety is never ending.”

Mr Crumlin said Hutchison is the biggest stevedore in the world and has a responsibility to its employees worldwide to meet occupational health and safety requirements.

A spokesperson for Hutchison confirmed to DCN that the terminal remains closed as investigations continue.

He said stevedoring for the OOCL Texas, which was alongside at the time of the accident, and the COSCO Felixstowe had been outsourced to Patrick.

The OOCL Texas moved to the other terminal at 1930 on Friday and the COSCO Felixstowe arrived at 2200 last night.

OOCL Texas went to the Patrick terminal at around 1930 on Friday, and the Felixstowe berthed at 2200 last night.

A spokesperson for WorkSafe NSW said its investigation remains ongoing.

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