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Longshoreman killed in accident at Port of Los Angeles [Updated]

September 13, 2009 | 12:06 pm

A longshoreman was killed at the Port of Los Angeles when he was crushed to death under the rear wheels of an empty trailer, authorities said today.

The accident was reported at 7:23 p.m. Saturday and occurred on the grounds of the Evergreen terminal at Berth 229, said port spokesman Phillip Sanfield.

A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said that the unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Los Angeles Port Police determined that the accident was job-related, Sanfield said. Its cause is being investigated by Cal-OSHA, the state’s workplace safety office.

[Updated, 12:40 p.m.: Coroner's officials have released the name of the man. He was John Robert Kiser, 53, of Lakewood, according to Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie. ]

-- Jack Leonard