Docker killed at Long Beach port
A Southern California longshore worker died Friday after being struck by a forklift at California United Terminals on the Port of Long Beach’s Pier D.
The 73-year-old International Longshore and Warehouse Union dockworker, Carlos Rivera of Wilmington, died at the scene after being struck by a forklift carrying rolls of sheet metal across the terminal.
Rivera, a 40-year ILWU veteran, is the second longshore worker killed at the Long Beach-Los Angeles port complex since January 2005, when a 63-year-old dockworker was killed while working at the Evergreen Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.
A portion of the CUT facility was closed Friday during the initial accident investigation, and the terminal operator decided to keep the entire terminal closed for the rest of Friday out of respect for Rivera and his family.
The Long Beach Police Department and Harbor Patrol are heading up the ongoing investigation.