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98-foot T/V EAGLE in Elliott Bay contacted the Coast Guard Seattle on the morning of Jan 31, for assistance with a crewmate who had suffered a ribcage injury. The injured man was transferred from EAGLE to a Coast Guard response boat and taken to the Seattle Fire Station pier where an emergency team was waiting.

The man’s name or the exact nature of his injury hasn’t been released, but according to reports, he was heaving a line when he was injured. Records indicate that EAGLE is owned by Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., of Seattle.

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At approximately 10:00 p.m., Tidewater Barge Lines reported to the Coast Guard than an unmanned 285-foot grain barge was missing from their Hayden Island facility.

Crewmembers of the tug LORI B located the barge floating near the navigation channel and towed it back to Tidewater’s facility.

Upon inspection of the barge’s mooring lines, a Tidewater Barge Lines employee indicated that the mooring cable for the barge was not cut, and the ratchets used to hold it in place appeared to have been intentionally loosened. Failure to secure a barge of this size on the Columbia River could have led to a major incident. The Coast Guard asks persons with information relating to the incident to contact the Coast Guard Columbia River Command Center at 503-861-6211.

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A crew member has been killed in a fall incident on a ship that was docked in the Houston Ship Channel.  According to the United States Coast Guard, the worker fell into a cargo bay on the Thorco Atlantic cargo ship.  At the time of the incident, the vessel had been docked at Texas Terminal Number 37.

The injured man was taken to the Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center, but died from his injuries.

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A barge deckhand in Illinois was injured Monday afternoon after a line broke at Lock and Dam 13 located on the upper Mississippi above the city of Fulton.

The Lockmaster John Mueller who confirmed that around 4 p.m. on Monday, a 1 1/2-inch-diameter barge line broke and hit a deckhand in the head, knocking him down. Other deckhands and crewmembers were able to secure other barge lines and stop the barges from moving, and were able to quickly call an ambulance for the injured worker.

The name of the injured barge worker has not been released however the Clinton Herald was able to confirm that the injured man is at Iowa City Hospital with non-critical injuries.

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Beaver County commissioners said that a man working on the new Veterans Bridge project over the Beaver River was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after receiving a jolt of electricity after a barge crane hit high tension power lines.

Accounts of how the unidentified worker was injured vary, but Commissioner Dennis Nichols said a large crane being set up on a barge in the river came in contact with high-tension power lines overhead. Nichols said he wasn’t certain if the man was in the crane or on the barge at the time of the incident.
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The body of a barge worker who fell into the Mississippi River while working on a bridge-building project on Wednesday, March 28, was recovered by search teams the following day. According to East St. Louis Police Chief, Michael Floore, divers found the body of 35-year-old Andy Gammon of Park Hills, Mo. on Thursday, March 29. East Saint Louis is located in St. Clair County, Illinois in the southwestern part of the state, about 93 miles southwest of Springfield and 42 miles northwest of Evansville.

The accident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. when the four-wheeled aerial lift Gammon was in toppled into the river from a barge near East St. Louis. Police, coast guard and rescue crews searched the Mississippi north of downtown for more than five hours on Wednesday.
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On Sunday, March 11, two men, aged 59 and 33, were welding on a 46-foot dredging boat off Commodore Way, north of Fishermen’s Terminal on Magnolia and across the canal from Ballard, when two nearby 80-gallon gas tanks exploded. The tanks each contained about three to six inches of fuel, according to other workers in the area. One tank flew over a fence and landed near the railroad tracks, while the other tank was obliterated by the explosion.
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A 57-year-old man was killed Sunday after falling into the chemical holding tank of a barge located on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, according to fire officials.  

The man was first reported missing around 10am local time by a co-worker who had thought the man could have fallen overboard. The employee said he had last seen the man near the hatch of the chemical hold and just briefly turned away before turning back and realizing his co-worker went missing.  Firefighters responding to the scene said they had found a rope that led into an open hatch that covered a chemical holding tank on the barge.  Almost 4 hours later, the man’s body was pulled from the emptied tank by HAZMAT crews.
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A man has been confirmed dead in a crane accident at the Houston Ship Channel. The fatality occurred when the worker was hit by the crane, and dragged under it.

According to news reports, the accident occurred at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal.  The man seems to have been working when he was caught under the crane which began to move. The victim’s legs were severed.  He was rushed to the Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, but died from his injuries. The man was a member of the International Longshoremen’s Association union.

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released new rules targeting safety for shipyard workers. The agency believes that the rule can help prevent at least 350 shipyard worker injuries every year.

The rule was published in the May 2 Federal Register, and updates several provisions in shipyard safety standards that were established in 1972. The new rules take into consideration changes in industry practices and technology and address hazards that did not exist earlier.
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