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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1435045.015 - Roen Salvage Company

Inspection Information - Office: Eau Clair

Nr: 1435045.015Report ID: 0523900Open Date: 10/01/2019

Roen Salvage Company
Lake Superior, Near Minnesota Point
Superior, WI 54880
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 237990/Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Mailing: 180 East Redwood Streetp.O. Box 26, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/02/2019
Close Case:04/20/2020

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1504109    
Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 120398.015Event: 09/30/2019Employee Dies By Drowning In Dredging Operation
At 11:00 a.m. on September 30, 2019, Employee #1, a 68-year-old, male employee, and two coworkers were operating a Monarch brand, 21-foot long, aluminum-hulled boat, in Lake Superior, to inspect floating/dredged sediment from a discharge pipe, in Duluth, MN. Due to severe weather, e.g., a combination of high winds and waves, the boat then capsized and its engine failed. In response, the two coworkers swam to shore with their lifejackets and contacted the U.S. Coast Guard and EMS for assistance. Afterwards, Employee #1 was recovered and despite lifesaving efforts, he drowned and was pronounced dead, at the scene.
Keywords: overturn, river, sand, lost consciousness, operating, weather, drowning, obstructed egress, engine, drown, boat, police, malfunction, water, safe, pipe
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1435045.015 Fatality Other Captains and other officers, fishing vessels

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