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Accident: 201511003 - Employee Falls Off River Barge With Equipment And Drowns

Accident: 201511003 -- Report ID: 0950651 -- Event Date: 11/25/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31713294211/26/20131481Rivers Edge Construction

At approximately 1:15 p.m. on November 25, 2013, Employee #1 had loaded an excavator onto a river barge that was being transported away from an island. A tugboat was pulling the barge. Employee #1 was inside the cab of the excavator as the tugboat moved the barge along. The barge may have stuck a sand bar that caused the excavator to fall off the barge and overturn in approximately 15 ft of water. The cab was buried in fine silt, which trapped Employee #1 and caused him to drown. Search and rescue divers extracted his body hours after the incident.

Keywords: barge, unsecured, river, excavator, fall, drown

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 317132942 Fatality Asphyxia Excavating and loading machine operators

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