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South Carolina man, 63, killed after falling up to 100ft into chimney of ship he was working on

A man in South Carolina has been killed after falling 100 feet down a ship’s smokestack while working, officials said.

The unnamed 63-year-old worked standing on a small platform inside the fireplace. But the platform gave way and the man fell to the bottom of the structure on Sunday, the North Charleston Police Department said.

Workers lost sight of the man after he fell to the bottom of the vessel, but maintained audible contact with him until he became unresponsive, officials said in an incident report.

The man was found dead with injuries by first responders, according to the report.

The incident was labeled an “industrial accident” by police who said the victim was not wearing a harness while standing about 63 to 100 feet on the chimney, a Carolina-based newspaper reported. South. The state.

The incident is being investigated by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The incident happened at 1670 Drydock Avenue in Detyens Shipyards, which is the largest commercial shipyard on the East Coast. It was founded by Bill Detyens around 60 years ago and provides repair work for commercial and military vessels.

The company has yet to release a statement in response to the incident.

Since 2019, at least four people, including the 63-year-old worker, are believed to have died at the shipyard in various accidents, reported Post and courier newspaper.

In April 2019, welder Juan Villalobos Hernandez died at the shipyard after being struck by a heavy piece of equipment that broke loose when a rope snapped on the lifeboat he was working on, pinning him against the boat’s equipment.

Another man, Martin Anthony, 51, is believed to have died when he fell on June 27, 2019 at the shipyard.

On January 13, 2020, a 34-year-old worker identified as David Clark died after being struck by a shackle and falling nearly four stories from the upper quay of the ship while working.