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Death of port worker crushed by 8-ton container under investigation

January 20, 2012 |  3:21 pm


Storage container that fell at Port of Long Beach, killing a longshoreman

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.


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Photo: Storage container that fell at the Port of Long Beach. Credit: KTLA-TV Channe l 5