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Accident: 200641363 - Employee Drowns While Swimming To Dock

Accident: 200641363 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 06/08/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30239008306/15/20001629Usa Dock
At approximately 2:40 p.m. on June 8, 2000, Employee #1, age 17, and three coworkers were on a company barge returning to the dock. The crew intended to obtain the company truck to transport roofing purlins, which were too short, back to the shop. As the barge neared the landing, one coworker received permission to swim the approximately 40 yards to shore to retrieve the truck. The second coworker also jumped in, followed by Employee #1. He made it about halfway to shore, then went under and drowned. Coworkers on shore went to Employee #1's aid, but were unsuccessful in their attempts to rescue him.
Keywords: barge, asphyxiated, construction, drown, swim, water
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302390083 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Drown, non-lethal fall

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