Worker Killed While Removing Propeller

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In Hartford County, a worker was killed after removing a four-to-five-ton propeller on a towboat when a chain broke and caused him to fall into the Mississippi River.

On November 15, Jason Sagez, age 23 from Hardin, Illinois was working on a dry dock at National Maintenance and Repair, which provides accommodation to the river and rail industries, when the chain broke. Jason Sagez was struck by the propeller and knocked into the Mississippi River.

Hartford Fire Chief, Dave Owens, said that Jason Sagez had been in the water for about 30 seconds before another worker pulled him out. Several workers attempted to perform CPR on him when rescue crews arrived at the scene.

The Madison County coroner pronounced Jason Sagez dead at the scene. The autopsy revealed that Jason died from extreme force trauma to the pelvis.

Jason Sagez had been standing about five feet away from the water, which was about a foot below the dry dock surface, when the accident occurred.

Hartford Police and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

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