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Accident: 14534234 - Employee Drowns Due To Closed Air Valve

Accident: 14534234 -- Report ID: 0931310 -- Event Date: 04/04/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10619462404/14/19947389Pilar Project Limited
Employee #1 entered the water to start the release of the dredge hose and anchor, which was part of his normal daily responsibilities. When other divers realized that they could not see him in the water, they dove in trying to locate him. Employee #1's drowned body was recovered 1 hour and 39 minutes later. The other divers observed that the air valve to his tank was in the 'close' position, which presumably caused him to drown.
Keywords: work rules, diving, air hose, valve, drown, diver, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106194624 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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