Man in his 50s airlifted to Harborview after being injured at Olympia port

Staff writerJanuary 8, 2014 

An employee working for the company that is dredging the Port of Olympia's marine terminal was injured Wednesday morning after he got hit by a clamshell bucket while working on a barge.

According to Olympia Deputy Fire Chief Greg Wright:

About 10 a.m., Olympia Fire responded to a report of man being injured by a clamshell bucket while working on a barge. The man, thought to be in his mid-50s, was awake and alert at the time of the injury, Wright said.

The man was later flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle as a precaution because of the potential for more serious injuries, he said. He was airlifted to Harborview about 11:10 a.m., Wright said.

The man works for Orion Marine Contractors of Tacoma, the company recently hired by the port to dredge the marine terminal and an area near Swantown Marina.

Orion Marine Contractors is a subsidiary of Orion Marine Group of Houston, Texas, spokesman Chris DeAlmeida said Wednesday.

No other details about the incident were immediately available. DeAlmeida said the company was just beginning its investigation into the incident.

A dredge of that size typically has a crew of 10 to 12 people, he said.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Olympian.





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