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Accident: 694687 - Employee Drowns When Pinned In Golf Course River By Mower

Accident: 694687 -- Report ID: 0355118 -- Event Date: 05/30/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10568129005/31/19887997Blacksburg Country Club
Employee #1 was using a commercial lawn mower on a golf course fairway and had to cross a bridge that extends over an approximately 18 to 24 inch deep river. When he started to cross the bridge, an outrigger mower section hit a tree alongside the bridge, causing the mower to pivot approximately 90 degrees, fall approximately 12 feet, and turn upside down in the river. Employee #1 was pinned underwater and drowned.
Keywords: pinned, lawn mower, river, falling object, overturn
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105681290 Fatality Asphyxia Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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