TRIBUTES were today paid to a young docker who died after being struck by machinery.
Jason Burden was working at the Port of Sunderland when a piece of metal machinery fell on him, causing fatal chest injuries.
Emergency crews were called to the port’s South Dock, but desperate attempts to save the 19-year-old failed.
He was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and, despite treatment being given on board, died from his injuries.
Bosses at the Wear Dock and Engineering Company, where he worked, today paid tribute to the dedicated worker.
A spokesman said: “He was a highly respected and valued member of the company.
“It is a sad loss, not just to ourselves but to his family and friends.”
The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation immediately after the death of Mr Burden, who is believed to be from South Tyneside.
A coroner said an inquest into the fatal incident was due to open next week.
The accident happened on Thursday at 10.45am.
Wear Dock and Engineering Company is part of UK Docks Marine Services and offers dry dock and afloat facilities for construction, design, repair and engineering to marine, offshore and industrial companies across the globe.