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Accident: 170670137 - Employee Drowned After Losing Control Of Machinery

Accident: 170670137 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 10/17/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11009626010/18/19947997Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Inc.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on October 17, 1994, Employee #1 was performing maintenance on the Ocean Golf Course sand bunkers with a Sand-Pro #14 sand raking machine. The sand bunkers were sloped to the water on a hill between 6 to 8 ft from a lagoon that abutted the golf course. While Employee #1 was working on an angle, with water to his left and the sand bunkers to his right, the Sand-Pro steering chain broke. The wheel whipped around to the left or the downhill water side, forcing Employee #1 to lose control and ride his Sand-Pro into the water. Employee #1 drowned as he was trapped by the machine under 6 ft of water.
Keywords: embankment, maintenance, pinned, equipment failure, drown, lost control, broken chain, slope, steering, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110096260 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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