The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the investigation report on a December 10, 2013, fatality at a dredge operation.
The incident involved a 27-year-old deck hand with 4 years and 8 months of experience who was killed when he stepped on a barge, fell into the water and drowned. The barge was attached to a dredge he was working on.
MSHA recommends the following best practices for dredging:
- Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and ensure they understand safe job procedures for elimination of the hazards before beginning work.
- Always wear a life jacket where there is a danger of falling into the water.
- Remove snow and ice from work areas.
- Ensure safe access is provided where persons are required to work or travel. Maintain three points of contact.
- Install and use lifeline tie-off runs and fall protection.
- Provide communication devices and establish procedures requiring persons to alert coworkers when they are outside the dredge’s handrails.
To view the full accident report, click here.