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Accident: 200550721 - Employee Drowns In Fall From River Barge

Accident: 200550721 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 05/20/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12344944906/22/19991629Johnson Bros. Corp Of La
Employee #1, who was working on a pile-driving barge on the Mississippi River, was directed to put up a ladder and get the survey equipment off the breasting dolphin. A short time later, a coworker and the foreman heard two splashes, and another coworker saw Employee #1 go under the rake of the crane barge, where he became trapped. The project manager had the back ends of the two married barges parted about 6 ft. Employee #1 popped up and was carried by the current onto some pilings. He was rescued by two coworkers in a john boat. and brought to a waiting ambulance on the riverbank. Employee #1 was resuscitated and transported to the local emergency room. He never gained consciousness and died at 6:00 p.m. on June 19.
Keywords: barge, unconsciousness, asphyxiated, ladder, caught by, construction, river, fall, drown
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 6 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 123449449 Fatality Asphyxia Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Pile driving
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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