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Accident: 14259642 - Employee Drowns In River After Falling From Walkway

Accident: 14259642 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 06/27/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
138651506/28/19841791John F Beasley Const Co

Employee #1, an iron worker, was dismantling a derrick tower structure that was mounted on a barge approximately 150 yards from the east bank of the Mississippi river. A sudden thunderstorm came up and Employee #1 came down from the structure in a skip box (a personnel basket suspended by a crane). He was crossing over an approximately 24 in. wide by 8 ft long walkway to another barge when one end of the walkway slipped sideways. causing him to lose his balance and fall into the river. Employee #1 drowned. He was not wearing a work vest at the time of the accident.

Keywords: dismantling, work rules, walking on plank, construction, unstable surface, fall, drown, life jacket, lost balance, water

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1386515 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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