Dredge operator drowns in accident in Oklahoma

Tina Grady Barbaccia

August 31, 2010

On Aug. 14, 2010, a 23 year-old dredge operator with four years of experience died at a Southwestern State Sand Corp. sand and gravel dredge operation in Oklahoma. The victim and another miner were pulling a small boat from a dredge pond onto a boat trailer attached to a pickup truck. When the boat slipped back into the water, the victim attempted to retrieve it and drowned.

For the report from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), click here.

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