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Accident: 886812 - Diver Drowns When Diving Helmet'S Air Line Is Severed

Accident: 886812 -- Report ID: 0951510 -- Event Date: 01/13/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12060421001/19/19951623Nova Group Inc
Employee #1, a diver, was removing a cutting head from an underwater drill. His right leg and arm were sucked into a 12 in. diameter pipe, trapping him. Employee #1's diving helmet struck the side of the underwater excavation, rendering him unconscious and severing the surface-fed air line to the helmet. The helmet filled with water and Employee #1 drowned before help could reach him.
Keywords: diving helmet, severed, unconsciousness, caught by, construction, pipe, drown, air line, diver, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120604210 Fatality Asphyxia Construction trades, n.e.c.

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