Painter/boat operator and acquaintance drowned - South Carolina, May 13, 1992.
NIOSH 1993 Jan; :1-6
This report concerned the death of a 31 year old male painter and boat operator and his 31 year old male acquaintance who drowned when the work boat they were on sank. The painter/boat operator was employed by a painting company that had been hired to sandblast and paint a 700 foot long bridge across a river. The worksite employed 26 workers. During the day shift, the victim had shuttled fuel from the pier at the edge of the river to the work barge anchored about 200 feet into the river channel. After his normal shift was completed, the victim requested overtime and continued to shuttle the fuel. He apparently phoned his acquaintance and asked him to join him until the end of the overtime shift; this had not been authorized by the employer. After they appeared to have finished the job for the shift, they took the work boat back into the channel, where it was caught by a strong ebb tide and pushed into a barge which was moored at the pier. The boat struck a metal plate on the barge, capsized and sank. Neither man was using the approved life jackets that were available on the work boat. At the time of the accident, both men were under the influence of alcohol.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-92-23; Region-4; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Accident-prevention; Substance-abuse; Painters
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-92-23, 6 pages