Pablo Garcia, a 53-year-old longshoreman from Lakewood, CA, was struck and killed as he worked at Terminal Island in Long Beach, California last month. This marks the third such fatality in local ports since April of 2008.
The Saturday evening death at the Evergreen facility again broaches the issues of safety and on local docks. Local Long Beach officials reportedly are pressing for vehicular manslaughter charges against another longshoreman who plowed his yard tractor – allegedly drunk – into trucker Garcia the night of Jan. 28 on Pier A.
While standing outside his rig waiting for a container, Garcia was struck by the driver, who police said registered a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.
The as-yet unidentified longshoreman has neither been charged, nor has returned to the job. But reports say that any dockworker involved in an accident involving injury or death will undergo drug or alcohol testing if there’s suspicion of drug or alcohol use.