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Yellow Creek State Inland Port

Yellow Creek State Inland Port is located in Luka, Mississippi, in Tishomingo County. Situated at river mile 448.3 of the Tennessee River (and mile 2.6 of Yellow Creek and mile 215.5 of the Tennessee River), it is near the confluence of it and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The industrial property covers 1,500 acres, 400 of which are developed.

Facilities include a 420-foot concrete loading dock. The port also has 1,000-foot mooring cells, 80,000-pound capacity forklifts, and 200 ton and 150-ton capacity mobile cranes. There are also two 25-ton overhead cranes. Storage is available for 14 barges, and the grounds include truck scales and two humidity-controlled warehouses (20,000 and 15,000 square feet). Iron, steel, cement, dry bulk materials, steel billets, bridge beams, paper, and general freight are transferred through the inland port by regional businesses.

Services include loading and unloading of cargo from hopper, tanker, and large deck barges, trucks, and railcars. Multimodal, tugboat and rail mover services are available. There is a 21-car capacity rail yard on the grounds. In addition, services are offered to process, cut, level, and slip heavy-gauge steel. Sheet piling, stamping, coating, transfer, and large fabrication jobs are supported at the facility.

There is a Kansas City Rail and Tenn-Rail connection. US-25 is near the port and provides access to US-72, and US 350 affords access to US-45, which is 15 miles from the port. Interstates 22 and 78 are 60 miles away.

The port is the oldest on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and considered the most important steel coil handling facility in the region.

Common Inland Port Hazards

Port employees, vessel staff, and other workers face a variety of risks every day. Heavy lifting and the equipment associated with lifting, loading, unloading, and moving cargo containers present several different hazards. Shifting loads and improperly secured fittings can cause objects to fall. This is a common cause of serious injury or death.

Workers have also been injured using cranes, winches, and mooring lines. Just getting a vessel into port can be dangerous, especially if one is not careful. A lack of training is often associated with maritime accidents. The working conditions are a factor as well. After many hours without a break, someone may be so tired that the fatigue causes them to make poor decisions or miss a vital step in securing a line, for example. Driver fatigue is another issue. Transportation accidents make up some of the more commonly seen incidents and can involve forklifts and other cargo carriers, and even regular automobiles. Road surface conditions can be an issue, and so can unexpected activity that is not communicated beforehand; a lack of traffic signals and pedestrians and vehicles sharing the same areas create risks too.

Other port hazards include exposure to dangerous chemicals. These can kill someone, or cause burns or fires. A worker may also take a fall on a slippery surface, on level ground, from a height, or off a dock and into the water.

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