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Accident: 200820280 - Employee Fell Through Grating Into River And Drowned

Accident: 200820280 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 07/17/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11346061207/19/19994911Dynegy Midwest Generation, Inc.
An electric power generation plant was going to have a metal-grate platform cleaned and painted. The platform was located 9.1 meters above a river and was constructed of metal grating, which had been covered with plywood in 1994. A second, upper, level of grating was put into use at that time. A plant employee was removing debris from the platform. The employee was standing on the lower-level plywood-covered grating, shoveling the debris off the grating so that an outside contractor could paint it. Apparently, he had cleared one section, and broke through the plywood and grating when he moved onto the next section. He fell into the river and drowned. (There were no witnesses to the accident.) The employer had not evaluated the plywood or grating to verify the integrity of the working surface before the employee got onto the platform.
Keywords: platform, inadequate maint, grating, equipment failure, fall, drown
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 113460612 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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