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Accident: 118552.015 - Employee Drowns After Jon Boat Capsizes

Accident: 118552.015 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 07/31/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1420166.01507/31/2019White Electrical Construction Company

At 1:30 p.m. on July 31, 2019, Employee #1 and a coworker, employed by a constru ction company, were in a 10-foot long Tracker Jon Boat on the river at a port te rminal. The jon boat was tied to a tug/push boat, which was secured to the fron t rake edge of a crane barge. Employee #1, the jon boat operator, was sitting b y the outboard motor, and his coworker was sitting in the middle of the jon boat . Employee #1 untied the jon boat from the tug/push boat and pushed away. The jon boat was caught by the river's current, causing the boat to turn and smash a gainst the crane barge. The jon boat began taking on water and then capsized. Both employees fell into the water. The coworker was able to reach a ladder on the side of the crane barge and exit the water. Employee #1 never surfaced and drowned.

Keywords: barge, boat, collision, construction, crane, drown, drowning, equipment operator, john boat, river, roll-over, water
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition   X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1420166.015 37 M Fatality Electricians

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