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Accident: 14546626 - Welder Tripped And Fell Into River; Drowned

Accident: 14546626 -- Report ID: 1032700 -- Event Date: 12/23/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10318692012/23/19861629Guy F. Atkinson Construction Company

EMPLOYEE #1, A WELDER, WAS RETURNING TO WORK ON A HOPPER BARGE WHEN HE FELL FROM THE STERN INTO A FAST MOVING RIVER. HE DROWNED. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AFTER LUNCH, ABOUT 2:35 PM. THE EMPLOYEE HAD WORKED FOR THE COMPANY ABOUT A WEEK, AND HAD BEEN ASSIGNED TO INSTALL PLATES ON THE SIDES OF HOPPERS ON TWO BARGES. IT WAS A COLD, WET DAY. EMPLOYEE #1 EITHER FELL OR TRIPPED OVER SOME EQUIPMENT WHICH HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE WALKWAY USED BY EMPLOYEES TO GAIN ACCESS TO THEIR WORK AREA. EMPLOYEE #1'S BODY WAS TAKEN FROM THE RIVER BY A TUGBOAT CALLED BY THE COMPANY TO ASSIST IN RESCUE EFFORTS. THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF LIFE. CPR WAS GIVEN BY PARAMEDICS AND OTHERS, TO NO AVAIL. EMPLOYEE #1 AND A CO-WORKER, WHO WAS WORKING BESIDE EMPLOYEE #1 ON THE BARGE, WERE NOT WEARING PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES OR LIFE-JACKETS WHILE WALKING TO THEIR WORK AREA ON THE BARGE.

Keywords: barge, shipyard, work rules, welder, tripped, fall, drown, life jacket, lost balance, water

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103186920 Fatality Asphyxia Construction trades, n.e.c.

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