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Accident: 14342455 - Employee Drowned After Driving A Farm Tractor Into A Canal

Accident: 14342455 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 07/29/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10037075807/30/19860174Coca Cola Foods, Division Of Coca Cola Company
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS SPRAYING PESTICIDES IN A CITRUS GROVE, USING A JOHN DEERE TRACTOR, MODEL 2950, SER. #04630098CD. AN 8 FOOT DEEP CANAL RAN PERPENDICULAR TO HIS LINE OF TRAVEL. THE NORMAL TRAVEL SPEED WHILE SPRAYING IS 1 TO 1 1/2 MPH. THE TRACTOR WAS EQUIPPED WITH AN AIR CONDITIONED CAB WITH ROPS, BUT HAD NO SEAT BELTS. EMPLOYEE #1 HAD STARTED WORK ABOUT 7:30 AM. AT ABOUT 9 AM EMPLOYEE #1 DROVE THE TRACTOR INTO THE CANAL AND DROWNED. NO EVIDENCE COULD BE FOUND OF A SUDDEN BRAKE APPLICATION, OR SUDDEN MOVEMENT OF THE STEERING WHEEL. THE EMPLOYEE HAD BEEN STUCK IN A DITCH EARLIER AND HAD BEEN ASSISTED OUT OF THE DITCH BY A CO-WORKER. THE CO-WORKER STATED THAT EMPLOYEE #1 LOOKED "BEAT", AND HAD EXPERIENCED DIFFICULTY ATTACHING A CHAIN TO THE TRACTOR. THE CO-WORKER HAD ATTACHED THE CHAIN FOR HIM. CHEMICAL ANALYSIS REVEALED A BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL OF O.99% FOR EMPLOYEE #1. AN ANALYSIS OF A NEHI BOTTLE OF LEMONADE, FOUND IN EMPLOYEE #1'S LUNCH BOX, SHOWED THE CONTENTS TO BE 1.8% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME. EMPLOYEE #1 HAD BEEN SUSPENDED FROM WORK IN EARLY 1985 FOR REPORTING TO WORK IN AN INTOXICATED STATE.
Keywords: alcohol, agriculture, canal, intoxicated, tractor, drown, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100370758 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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