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Worker Rescued from Overturned Loader at Port of Seattle Waterfront

At around 10:30 a.m. at Terminal 46 on Alaskan Way South, a loader overturned, trapping the 50-year-old driver inside the cab. Seattle Fire Department responded by 11:00 a.m. and after about 15 minutes, the rescue was successful.

SFD reported that the man suffered minor injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

Fire Capt. Shata Stephenson did not know how the incident occurred, though the loader appeared to have overturned and hurled the vehicle’s cab into the air while lifting a heavy load.

The details of the actual lift are sketchy. But, we have encountered situations where loads in shipping containers have not been properly braced for transport. Shifting loads in containers can be dangerous for handlers.