Dock worker named

A DOCK worker who died after falling 30ft into the hold of a ship has been named.

Bob Harrison suffered fatal injuries when he fell down a hatch after standing supervising the loading of steel pipes into the Bright Ocean Vessel at Irvine’s Quay, Ferry Road, Hartlepool, on Sunday night.

The 59-year-old, who was employed by Direct Labour Services, was winched from the ship’s hold by a crane and then flown to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, with head, back and spinal injuries.

He died a short time later.

Police started the initial investigation but that has now been handed over to the Health and Safety Executive and PD Ports – which owns the dock – is helping with the inquiry.

Today a spokeswoman for PD Ports paid tribute to “respected” Mr Harrison, who lives in Middlesbrough.

She said: “Bob Harrison was a well known and well respected worker who had worked with PD Ports on many occasions over a long period of time. He was a friend and colleague to many in the company and will be sorely missed.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with Bob’s family and friends.”

She added: “A detailed internal investigation was immediately started and is ongoing, and we continue to provide every assistance to the police and Health and Safety Executive with their investigations as well. We will make further announcements as the investigations conclude.”