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Accident: 121668.015 - Employee Is Killed When Caught In Underwater Pipe

Accident: 121668.015 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 11/12/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1444821.01511/13/2019Underwater Construction Corporation
On November 12, 2019, at 3:30 p.m., a six-man crew that had been hired to perfor m a commercial diving job, installing an 18-inch blind flange on a pipe inside a Nuclear Power Plant service water tunnel, were involved in an incident resultin g in the death of one of the divers. Employee #1, an in-water tender, entered t he water service tunnel to set up a robust barrier to prevent other divers from entering the area where a pump was required to remain in operation. After Emplo yee #1 reached the floor of the tunnel, he set down a pneumo tube, for recording the diving depth. He reported the depth to Employee # 2, the project manager. When Employee #2 attempted to verify the reading, he realized that the diver wa s unresponsive. He ordered the up-top tender to attempt communication by tuggin g on the line. The diver was still unresponsive. Employee #2 then ordered the primary diver, Employee #3 to enter the space to attempt rescue. Employee #1 w as found trapped in the elbow of a 30-inch pipe. He suffered multiple blunt for ce trauma and was killed.
Keywords: asphyxiated, blunt force trauma, caught by, caught in, clearance, confined space, drown, elbow, engulfed, gear, high pressure pipe, inspecting, installing, lack of oxygen, ladder, pipe
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1444821.015 38 M Fatality Diver

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