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Accident: 200626505 - Employee Falls From Barge Into River And Drowns

Accident: 200626505 -- Report ID: 0454713 -- Event Date: 03/26/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31648367603/26/20121791Gilley Construction Inc
At 12:50 p.m. on March 26, 2012, Employee #1 was crossing between two 60-foot by 80-foot barges moored in place on Nickajack Lake. Employee #1 was stepping across a gap approximately 2 foot wide between the barges, when his fall arrest lanyard became tangled on a mooring post. Employee #1 lost his balance and fell from the east-most barge into the 50-degree Fahrenheit water of Nickajack Lake. While in the water, Employee #1 became separated from his life jacket. As fellow employees from each barge attempted to rescue him, Employee #1 sank and drowned in 60 feet of water.
Keywords: barge, stuck, lanyard, fall, fall protection, drown, life jacket, lost balance
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 75 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316483676 Fatality Other Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Emplacing reinforcing steel
FatCause: Drown, non-lethal fall

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