Port of Tacoma shut down again after Longshoreman's death

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TACOMA — The Port of Tacoma has halted all operations after a longshore worker died in an industrial accident at a port terminal.

The death Monday morning is the second in less than two weeks at port terminals. Another longshore worker died March 12 while working on a container crane at Pierce County Terminal.

Specific details of the most recent mishap were not immediately available. Port spokeswoman Julie Collins told The News Tribune the accident happened about 8 a.m. Longshore union workers by custom halt work immediately for 24 hours after a work-related death. The port will open again at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Longshore officials said the worker involved was employed by Pacific Crane Maintenance Co. That's the same company that employed the worker who died March 12.

The identity of the worker killed Monday was not immediately released. An investigation into that earlier death is under way.