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Accident: 116061.015 - Employee Falls Through Access Hole And Is Injured

Accident: 116061.015 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 05/07/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1399000.01505/08/2019Electric Boat
At 5:15 p.m. on May 7, 2019, an employee and a coworker were power washing the f ourth level of the sonar dome, a dark, confined space, in the USS John Warner 78 5 submarine. The employee and coworker were working back to back, about 10 feet apart. The coworker turned around and noticed the employee was not there. The coworker asked another coworker, the tank watch, if the employee had left the ar ea and was told no. The employee stepped through a 2 by 4 foot unguarded access hole in the work platform and fell 20 feet from the fourth level through opening s in levels 3, 2 and 1, to the bottom of the vessel. The employee was found unc onscious, face down in a puddle 3 to 4 inches deep of pressure wash runoff water . The employee was revived and was able to walk to the Vertical Payload Tube, w here he was retrieved from the space by crane. The employee was hospitalized as a result losing consciousness, a gash to the back of the head, and pneumonia fro m the inhalation of water.
Keywords: confined space, fall, head, infection, laceration, loss of consciousness, lung, unconsciousness, unguarded fl opening, water, work platform
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1399000.015 22 F Hospitalized injury Painters, construction and maintenance

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