A longshoreman fell to his death in a breakbulk ship Saturday in the second fatal accident in eight days on the Philadelphia waterfront.
Vernon Knight, 54, a member of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1291, fell from a tween deck into a ship’s hold, said Robert Palaima, president of Delaware River Stevedores.
The ship, the Rickmers New Orleans, was handling project cargo at Tioga Marine Terminal. Palaima said the accident is under investigation.
The fatal accident followed the unrelated deaths of two dockworkers Aug. 12 at Philadelphia and Newark, N.J. In those accidents, Carmen “Chuckie” Dirago, a member of Local 1291, was killed at Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and Don Denia, a member of Local 1804-1, was killed at Maher Terminals at Elizabeth, N.J.
Knight was the 15th ILA dockworker killed in a work accident in the last four years.