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UPDATE: Stevedores have walked off the job at the Patrick terminal in Fremantle after a man in his 50s was struck and injured by a container.

The man is in hospital after he was crushed between two sea containers at Fremantle wharf this morning.

The stevedore was working aboard the vessel Swan River Bridge at the inner harbour’s Patrick Fremantle Terminal just before 9.30am when the incident occurred.

He was able to free himself and alert teammates before being transferred to Fremantle Hospital with what a St John Ambulance spokesman described as “crush injuries”.

He is in a stable condition.

The Maritime Union of Australia said it was believed he suffered chest injuries while an initial report by St John Ambulance suggested his hand had been crushed.

The union said other workers at the terminal had stopped work and would only return once their safety concerns had been met.

MUA state secretary Christy Cain said the accident followed a Fair Work Commission decision that ordered workers at the terminal to increase their work rate.

“We have serious concerns about this industry putting profits before safety,” he said.

“Our members do some very dangerous jobs. Waterside workers are 14 times more likely to be killed at work than the average worker, so their safety needs to be the main priority.”

Patrick’s owner Asciano has been sought for comment.

The West Australian

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