Death of New Jersey Ship Worker Killed by Falling Planks Was Accident

September 24, 2018

New Jersey state police say the death of a ship worker killed when two steel planks fell on him has been ruled an accident.

Basim Gilliard was hit around 9:15 a.m. Sunday while he was unloading cargo from the hold of the Virtuous Striker, which was docked in the Delaware River at Port of Paulsboro. The 26-year-old Pennsauken, N.J., man was pronounced dead a short time later.

Further details about the accident, including what caused the planks to fall, have not been disclosed. No other injuries were reported.

The accident is under investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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