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Accident: 18355.015 - Employee Is Crushed Between Barges

Accident: 18355.015 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 06/01/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
455074.01506/02/2012Washington Group/Alberici Joint Venture
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on June 1, 2012, an employee was working on a constru ction project, building a navigational lock and dam on the Ohio River. The task involved using the towboat Lipscomb connected to the sand barges to push them ag ainst the current, then to connect and moor with another stationary barge that h ad been spudded in the middle of the Ohio River. The employee, a deck men and C oworker #1 were on the sand barges. Coworker #2, the towboat operator, maneuvere d the sand barges to the point where the front of the barges were close enough t o attach a head line to the spudded barge. Once this line was connected, Cowork er #2 was moving the rear of the barges to attach the rear line to the spudded b arge. During this time, the employee walked on the south side of the sand barge between the north side of the stationary barge. With the towboat pushing the r ear southward, this was an ever decreasing pinch point hazard between the two ba rges. The employee slipped on the loose sand on the edge of the sand barge and fell between the two barges. Coworker #2 saw the employee fall, however, the ine rtia of the towboat and the sand barges, plus the delay whenever the towboat pro pellers are changed from forward to reverse, made stopping impossible before the barges closed the gap. The employee was crushed and killed between the barges. The employee received crushing injuries to his chest and head. The employee was wearing a protective helmet, safety shoes, safety glasses, high visibility vest and a personal flotation device. The weather was hot and clear.
Keywords: barge, caught between, chest, crushed, lost balance, material handling, nip point, ship, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 455074.015 54 M Fatality Operating engineers FallDist:
Cause: Dredging

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