MSHA Alert: Dredging Safety

December 20, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-12-20 at 1.52.36 PMThe 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.

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