Employee dies following accident at the locks

Following a blow to the head last week, Osvaldo De La Espada, a tugboat sailor, passed away on November 22nd. He had 24 years of service for the Panama Canal.

The employee was wounded last Thursday during a maneuver at the Agua Clara locks, at the terminal of the Inter-oceanic highway in the Atlantic.

As a result of the incident, the worker suffered a blow to the head. Since 1989 to date, 23 Canal workers have died in work accidents.

The documentation handled by the entity highlights that from 1989 to 2000, when the Panama Canal Commission operated, 13 accidents were registered, while 17 years of Panamanian administration, the figure rises to 10.

These deaths have been due to blows, falls and vehicular accidents.