2007_01_navfall.jpgYesterday morning, a worker died after falling inside a tanker at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The FDNY says that Arturo Medina lost his footing when climbing down a 50 foot ladder on the ship's hull. The only way into the hull is through an 18 inch hole, so rescue crews had to create a pulley system to lift Medina out. Medina died later at Brooklyn Hospital Center.

The NY Times reports that this is the second fatality at the GMD Shipyard this month: An ironworker was "crushed by a large metal plate at another dock run by GMD Shipyard" on January 6. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating both incidents, and GMD Shipyard also has other fines, including one for "lack of competency or oversight of at least one employee."