12 dock­work­ers hurt in spill

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Thomas Cur­wen thomas.cur­wen @la­times.com

Twelve dock­work­ers suf­fered mi­nor in­juries Sun­day morn­ing when a con­tainer of flammable liq­uid be­gan to leak at the Port of Long Beach, of­fi­cials said.

One worker ex­posed to the fumes and a fire­fighter who fell while re­spond­ing to the spill were trans­ported to a hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to the Long Beach Fire Depart­ment and U.S. Coast Guard. Both sus­tained mi­nor in­juries and were in sta­ble con­di­tion Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Work­ers who were ex­posed to the leak­ing chem­i­cal, iden­ti­fied as propyl ac­etate, ex­pe­ri­enced short­ness of breath, said Davonte Mar­row, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Long Beach Fire Depart­ment re­ceived the 911 call about 9:30 a.m., said Brian Fisk, a spokesman for the agency. An en­gine com­pany was dis­patched to Pier G, a 29-acre con­tainer ter­mi­nal south of the Queen Mary, where it found the haz­ardous ma­te­rial com­ing from a roughly 6,000-gal­lon chem­i­cal tank on a docked con­tainer ship.

A haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als unit, a search-and-res­cue unit and paramedics were dis­patched to the scene. Two Long Beach fire boats and one of the city’s life­guard res­cue boats de­ployed a 1,000-foot boom along­side the docked ship as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure against en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age, Fisk said.

With the help of port work­ers and crane op­er­a­tors, the con­tainer was re­moved from the ship.

A Coast Guard cap­tain set up a safety zone 150 yards around the ship while crews re­moved the chem­i­cal from the wa­ter. Of­fi­cials ex­pected to fin­ish clean­ing up by Sun­day even­ing, Mar­row said.

Of­fi­cials did not know what caused the leak.

Brian Fisk Long Beach Fire Depart­ment

LONG BEACH fire­fight­ers board a docked con­tainer ship at the Port of Long Beach in re­sponse to a leak of propyl ac­etate, a f lammable chem­i­cal. Crane op­er­a­tors helped re­move the leak­ing tank from the ship.

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