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Accident: 604462 - Employee Crushed To Death By Falling Grate

Accident: 604462 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 10/30/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10623354710/31/19903731Atlantic Marine, Inc.
At approximately 6 p.m. on October 30, 1990, Employee #1 was on the vessel OCI-Star, a flammable liquid tanker which docked at the Atlantic Marine Inc. shipyard. He was cleaning the sump area of the starboard anchor chain locker hull. Employee #1 took a 1/2 in. polypropylene rope, manufactured by the Benis Rope Company, with a 390 lb breaking strength, and connected it to a sling. This sling was passed through the holes of a steel floor grate, which was hoisted by a chain fall (Jett model 6090) with a 1-ton load capacity and supported against the hull's wall. According to a witness's statement, Employee #1, while lowering himself in the sump area, grabbed the grate, which tipped and fell. The sling broke and Employee #1 was crushed to death by the falling 1-ton grate.
Keywords: shipyard, grating, equipment failure, crushed, struck by, sling, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106233547 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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