Lucky escape in the Puerto de La Luz, Port of Las Palmas, caught on camera
The loading and unloading of more than 1 million containers every year at the Puerto de La Luz, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, comes with its own set of dangers, which is why health and safety is of paramount concern in The Canary Islands biggest port. Disaster nearly struck last week, when several large containers toppled on to a waiting truck under a one of the cranes. Thankfully there were no injuries as a result of the incident, although the company has opened an investigation into what exactly led to at least four shipping containers falling from a great height, barely missing the cab of the lorry that one second earlier contained a driver working at the port.
The port terminal, in Spain’s fourth largest port, has opened an internal investigation to clarify the circumstances of what happened as well as the leak of the video. In any case, those port sources consulted by Spanish language daily La Provincia have highlighted that security is paramount at the site and refer to the incident as an unfortunate but extremely rare event in a terminal that moves more than 20 million tons of freight every year.