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Accident: 201580859 - Employee Unloading Barge Drowns

Accident: 201580859 -- Report ID: 1032300 -- Event Date: 09/29/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30376226409/29/20032621Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company, Llc

Employee #1 was operating a front end loader, unloading a barge of woodchips. The woodchip barge was intended to be secured to a permanently moored barge. This would be done both by means of cables and by the weight of a ramp that allowed access from the permanently moored barge to the barge with the woodchips. The cables from the permanently moored barge to the barge with the woodchips were slack, though, and did not secure them together. After Employee #1 had replaced the door of the woodchip barge and with the front end loader still on the ramp, the woodchip barge moved forward. The ramp connecting them dropped into the water, causing the ramp lifting cable to fail and the front end loader to fall into the water too. The front end loader sank in approximately 25 feet of water, and Employee #1 drowned.

Keywords: barge, front end loader, ramp, unsecured, unstable surface, fall, mech mat handling, drown, falling object

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303762264 Fatality Asphyxia Excavating and loading machine operators

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