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Accident: 201030160 - Employee Drowns In Fall From Bridge Into River

Accident: 201030160 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 06/13/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30075455306/13/19961622Kajima Engineering & Construction Inc

At approximately 4:20 a.m. on June 13, 1996, Employee #1, a construction worker, was seen by his supervisor welding inside the cofferdam around the foundation of the Badger Avenue Bridge. He was working at heights varying between 2 ft and 7 ft above the water. At 4:30 a.m., he was found dead, floating face down in the water. The Los Angeles coroner listed the cause of death as drowning. The areas in which Employee #1 had been working had no railings or other fall protection devices. Employee #1 was wearing a Type III personal flotation device, the label inside the vest stated that "this device is not designed to turn an unconscious wearer face up in the water...its design provides a stable position in calm water for persons floating with the head tilted back."

Keywords: guardrail, work rules, welder, construction, fall, fall protection, bridge, drown, life jacket, water

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300754553 Fatality Asphyxia Welders and cutters

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