The new hoist location on Johnson Pier at Pillar Point Harbor (“New fish hoist raises concerns at Pillar Point” in the April 18 edition of the Daily Journal) will harm small business owners by causing unnecessary delays in commercial fishing operations, creates a workplace hazard and jeopardizes public safety.
Pillar Point Harbor is a working harbor that attracts many tourists, and worker and visitor safety should be an absolute priority. While the Harbor Commission is focusing on obtaining revenue from additional unloading fees from the new hoist, who is going to pay for someone getting injured as a result of the now extremely crowded work space? Imagine a busy day on Johnson Pier where fishermen unload their catch, forklifts move around to help load semi-trailers with heavy bins of fresh fish, and the occasional inquisitive family with a baby stroller navigates through this on a narrow pier. Now, all this activity has to maneuver around an awkward new hoist location. Increased revenue is a good thing, but not when safety is jeopardized along the way.
The Harbor Commission needs to listen to the stakeholders impacted by their decisions. The Harbor District should make every effort to support small fishing businesses and their desires to keep Pillar Point Harbor a safe workplace. It is unacceptable that the Harbor District’s answer to the earlier collapse of an existing hoist was that “it was not clear who was at fault in that accident because the maintenance logs could not be located” (Half Moon Bay Review, April 16, 2014). The Harbor District is a public agency that has to ensure public safety and not jeopardize it.
Half Moon Bay