1 Dead From Fallen Pipes in Port of Tampa Ship Accident

Published Oct 24, 2012 9:45 AM by The Maritime Executive

Officials have confirmed a fatality as a result of an accident at the Port of Tampa. A 56-year-old worker was killed after pipes fell onto him and three other men working inside a ship docked at the port.

Hercules Gilmore was pronounced dead on the scene. Only one of the three other laborers involved had minor injuries, the others remained unscathed.

Authorities reported that the four men were employed as stevedores for the International Longshoremen's Association, who have not yet made any statements on the incident. They were at the bottom of the ship's cargo hold bundling steel pipes for a crane to lift them when a strap on the bundle broke, sending the pipes crashing down on them, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Tampa Fire Rescue and local police responded to the scene.