Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 515874 - Diver Killed While Cutting Sunken Ship Underwater

Accident: 515874 -- Report ID: 0931300 -- Event Date: 04/22/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10359954404/24/19951629Samsung Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.
Employee #1, a diver, was cutting down the interior bulkhead of a compartment that extended from the main deck to the keel. The compartment behind the bulkhead Employee #1 was cutting is divided by a deck that is 33 in. below the main deck. Since the ship is made of approximately 1/4 in. steel plate, Employee #1 cut approximately 2 in. into a compartment that could not have been checked for gas. Poor visibility hindered the operation. Employee #1 cut into a gas pocket of either methane or hydrogen that was ignited by his cutting torch and exploded. He sustained major head injuries and was killed. The gas could have formed by decaying organic material in the compartment or by fumes left when the vessel sank.
Keywords: flammable vapors, construction, gas, torch, explosion, ship, diver, cutting and burning, poor visibility, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103599544 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close