Death of port worker crushed by 8-ton container under investigation
A longshoreman who died at the Port of Long Beach on Thursday night was crushed by a 40-foot, 8-ton container, state officials said.
Steven N. Saggiani, 47, was killed when a storage container fell, Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said.
Saggiani was working as a ship boss, overseeing the loading and unloading of 20-foot containers, which were surrounded by larger, heavier 40-foot containers, Patricia Ortiz, spokeswoman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said.
A shore-side crane was moving a 20-foot container about 7 p.m. when one of the 40-foot, 8-ton containers tumbled, crushing Saggiani. The exact series of events is still under investigation, Ortiz said.
The accident is being investigated by both CAL/OSHA and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
-- Dalina Castellanos
Photo: Storage container that fell at the Port of Long Beach. Credit: KTLA-TV Channe l 5