MANATEE -- A 53-year-old man was killed while helping load a ship at Port Manatee, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dalvin Ray Roberts, who was employed by Labor Ready, lost his footing and fell about 25 feet down a shaft between the load and the wall of the ship, according to a news release.
Responding paramedics pronounced Roberts dead.
The sheriff's office said there were no signs of foul play and that the death appeared accidental.
Never miss a local story.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also investigating the death, according to the sheriff's office.