Man killed in accident at dock
A boom truck fell over onto its side at the T-Dock in front of Icicle Seafoods in the small boat harbor Tuesday killing the boom truck operator, Felix Morales, 52, of California. The tip of the boom arm punctured the deck of the M/V Kaylor T, which it had apparently been loading or unloading when the truck fell over. Morales was thrown down onto the deck, and died instantly.
The Seward Police Department, Fire Department, Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to multiple 911 calls for help at 9 a.m. They used two loaders to try to stabilize the truck, and workers raced against the receding tide to upright the truck before it fell 20 feet onto the boat, according to a press release by the police.
Two deck hands aboard the boat who witnessed the accident were visibly shaken but unhurt.
Boom trucks are commonly used to transfer loads from the dock onto boats.
The industrial accident is pending an investigation by OSHA.