Dredge Fatality - Houston Ship Channel

A King Fisher Marine Service LP employee was killed today as he and crewmembers were moving a dredge in the Houston Ship Channel, a company spokesman said.

The King Fisher dredge, which works to deepen the ship channel, was being moved to a new job site when an accident with machinery aboard the dredge occurred, said Chris DeAlmeida, spokesman for the company.

“We are conducting an investigation,” DeAlmeida said.

Initial reports from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office indicated a crane aboard the dredge had struck the employee. But there is no crane aboard the dredge, according to company officials.

The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. near the San Jacinto Monument.

The crewman, whose name is being withheld until his family can be notified, died at the scene, officials said

DeAlmeida said the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration were notified about the accident.