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Accident: 201523230 - Employee Dies On Barge Of Carbon Dioxide Poisoning

Accident: 201523230 -- Report ID: 0111500 -- Event Date: 11/07/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10917741011/08/20081629Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co. Llc

On November 7, 2008, Employee #1 was traveling with a dump scow barge being moved from Norwalk Harbor to a dump site near New Haven, Connecticut. The employee was to help off load the dredged materials once they arrived at the dump site. The barge was secured to a tugboat that had a crew of four people plus an Inspector representing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The employee remained on the barge, staying on the left side of the two-compartment scow house. The trip began at 7:00 a.m. and at 11:15 p.m., the crew attempted to contact the employee by mobile radio and then by their horn. They did not receive a response. The captain sent a crew member over to the barge and at 11:20 p.m., the crew member reported the scowman was not responsive. The crew member and the USACE Inspector performed Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but were unable to resuscitate him. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified. The Coast Guard met the tug/barge at the entrance of the New Haven Harbor and moved the employee to Coast Guard boat at 11:50 p.m. Employee #1 had died and was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital. It was determined that during the trip to New Haven, the employee had a mobile gas powered generator, used to power the charging unit of the hand-held radio and a small electric heater for use in the scow house. The employee died from carbon dioxide poisoning.

Keywords: barge, unconsciousness, heater, carbon dioxide
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Shoreline development, dam, reservoir Other $500,000 to $1,000,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 109177410 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Dredging
FatCause: Asphyxiation/inhalation of toxic vapor

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