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Accident: 595900 - Employee Without Life Jacket Falls Into River And Drowns

Accident: 595900 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 05/23/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10644360905/24/19911629Coastal Marine Contracting Corporation

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on May 23, 1991, Employee #1 was cleaning the unguarded deck of a barge. The employer was contracted to place a new fender system along the docks, and Employee #1 was moving pieces of lumber that had been removed from the old fender system. He was taking the lumber up a ladder to the dock and placing it in a pickup truck. Coworkers observed Employee #1's hat floating in the river and began looking for him. His body was found in the river two days later. Apparently he was not wearing a life vest. Although the employer had no written safety and health program, the company president stated that he had instructed his employees to wear life vests at all times.

Keywords: barge, work rules, construction, river, fall, drown, life jacket, unguarded

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106443609 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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