BAYONNE -- On Jan. 24, at 1:13 p.m., the Bayonne Fire Department responded to IMTT (International Matex Tank and Terminal) on report of a worker struck by a steel I-Beam. On arrival, firefighters discovered a worker trapped under a steel train rail. The sub-contracted worker, operating from an elevated outdoor operator’s chair of a boom truck, was reportedly using the claw-like device to maneuver a rail when he was struck. The steel beam was found with the low end on the round and the high end over the victim, approximately 15 feet above the ground.
IMTT workers reportedly used a forklift and chain to secure the steel, while firefighters maneuvered an aerial platform truck to get to the victim. The firefighters were able to free the worker and bring him to safety using the fire truck. He was released to EMS and transported to Bayonne Medical Center.