Hoover Dam Construction Fatalities

1922

12/20/1922 J. G. Tierney, U.S.B.R** Drowned (Surveying party, pre-construction)


1931

5/17/1931

Harry Large, Six Company

Rock Slide

5/17/1931

Andrew Lane, Six Company

Rock Slide

5/18/1931

Fred Olsen, Lewis Const. Co.

Premature Explosion

6/20/1931

William Bryant, Six Company

Explosion

6/20/1931

J. P. Sweezy, Six Company

Explosion

6/27/1931

Pat Shannon, Six Company

Heat Prostration

6/28/1931

Mike Madzia, Six Company

Heat Prostration

6/25/1931

Ray Hapland, Six Company

Heat Prostration

7/5/1931

Joe Rolland, Six Company

Drowned

7/5/1931

Martin Puluski, (visitor)

Drowned

7/8/1931

Robert Core, Newberry Elec. Corp.

Heat Prostration

7/10/1931

A. E. Meredith, Lewis Const. Co.

Heat Prostration

7/10/1931

Thomas Murray, Anderson Bros.

Heat Prostration

7/11/1931

Joe Lyons, Anderson Bros.

Heat Prostration

7/13/1931

Earl Parker, Six Company

Heat Prostration

7/15/1931

John Swenson, Six Company

Heat Prostration

7/20/1931

Chase Allen, Six Company

Heat Prostration

7/22/1931

A. A. McClurg, Intrnl. Truck Co.

Heat Prostration

7/23/1931

Tom Noonal, Six Company

Heat Prostration

7/24/1931

Joe Ganz, Anderson Bros.

Heat Prostration

7/26/1931

Lew Starnes, Anderson Bros.

Heat Prostration

9/11/1931

H. H. Kidd, Six Company

Falling Rock

9/21/1931

Jack Russell, Six Company

Fell 400 feet

9/29/1931

Jack Seitz, Six Company

Falling Rock

10/2/1931

Lauri Lehto, Six Company

Falling Rock

10/17/1931

Joe Doyle, Six Company

Falling Rock

10/17/1931

Ralph Henderson, Six Company

Falling Rock

10/17/1931

M. C. Stuckey, Six Company

Falling Rock

11/7/1931

D. R. Elston, Six Company

Struck by Truck

12/15/1931

M. J. Sidmore, Six Company

Premature Explosion

12/15/1931

Frank Manning, Six Company

Premature Explosion


1932

1/7/1932

S. A. McDaniel, Six Company

Fell

2/11/1932

Joe Talbert, Six Company

Power Shovel

2/25/1932

Ben Johnson, Six Company

Drowned in Tank

3/11/1932

O. A. George, Six Company

Crushed - Trucks

3/30/1932

Frank Brady, Six Company

Falling Rock

4/14/1932

Carl Bennett, Six Company

Explosion

4/21/1932

H. H. Nightingale, Six Company

Shovel - Crushed

4/26/1932

L. N. McBride, Six Company

Struck by Skip Line

4/27/1932

Bert Lynch, Six Company

Falling Rock

4/28/1932

V. R. Moore, Six Company

Struck by Concrete Skip

5/11/1932

John Abercrombie, Six Company

Transport Collision

5/20/1932

B. S. Joyce, Six Company

Falling Rock

5/30/1932

H. A. Willis, Six Company

Electrocuted

6/17/1932

H. L. Scothern, Six Company

Struck by Cable

7/25/1932

Walter Hardesty, Six Company

Struck by Cable

7/27/1932

E. A. Bishop, Six Company

Truck Went Overboard

7/29/1932

Alexander Girardi, Six Company

Fell from Wall

8/24/1932

A. E. Wooden, Six Company

Crushed by Form

8/31/1932

E. H. Gammill, Six Company

Premature Explosion

9/24/1932

V. I. Kemnitz, Six Company

Rock Fall

9/25/1932

P. B. Hicks, Six Company

Fell from Wall

9/28/1932

James C. Roberts, Six Company

Falling Rock

11/9/1932

Louie Goss, Six Company

Fell from Wall

11/16/1932

Carl Soderstrom, Six Company

Drowned

12/1/1932

R. R. Petticrew, Six Company

Electrocuted

12/12/1932

Dan Shovlin, Six Company

Struck by Truck

12/23/1932

Walter Hamer, Six Company

Fell from Valve House


1933

1/1/1933

F. C. Palmer, Six Company

Fell from Valve House

1/10/1933

Gus Enberg, Six Company

Explosion

1/11/1933

Howard Cornelius, Six Company

Explosion

2/1/1933

V. H. Blair, Six Company

Fell from Truck

2/7/1933

J. H. Powers, Six Company

Truck fell on him

2/7/1933

M. H. Kaighn, Six Company

Rock Slide

3/12/1933

Tome Markey, Six Company

Fell

3/16/1933

William Koontz, Six Company

Run over by Truck

4/8/1933

Dan Kalal, Six Company

Gravel Slide

5/20/1933

H. D. Bluhm, Six Company

Struck by Shovel

5/22/1933

Pete Savoff, Six Company

Fell

6/23/1933

Mike Landers, Six Company

Falling Rock

6/26/1933

L. W. Steele, Six Company

Runover by Truck

7/1/1933

F. B. Kassell, Six Company

Premature Explosion

7/13/1933

George Falkener, Six Company

Falling Timber

7/19/1933

J. M. Nelson, Six Company

Fell from Form

9/15/1933

V. O. Lee, Six Company

Electrocuted

10/1/1933

James Jackman, Six Company

Falling Concrete Bucket

11/8/1933

W. A. Jameson, Six Company

Concrete Slide

11/8/1933

James Tocci, Six Company

Run over by Truck

12/6/1933

L. E. Roach, Six Company

Fell from Jumbo

12/29/1933

P. A. Malan, Six Company

Fell from Form


1934

1/22/1934

George Good, Six Company

Falling Material

2/1/1934

Rosyn Grant, Six Company

Fell

2/6/1934

Kenneth Walden, Six Company

Crushed by Concrete Bucket

2/26/1934

Eugene Buckner, Six Company

Falling Timber

3/10/1934

George R. Richardson, Six Company

Elevator Accident

3/23/1934

Harry Morgan, Six Company

Fell

4/14/1934

Allen Jackson, Six Company

Fell

5/16/1934

G. D. McIsaac, Six Company

Electrocuted

5/20/1934

Howard Bently, Six Company

Falling Rock

5/25/1934

Fred Deckmann, B&W

Fell

5/26/1934

Samuel L. Carter, Six Company

Run over by Conc. Dinkey

6/11/1934

Grant Miles, Six Company

Fell 60' walking thru drain

6/24/1934

Victor K. Auchard, Six Company

Crushed under Jumbo

8/27/1934

Harris Lange, B&W

Sling Broke, Falling objects

9/16/1934

Frank A. Fritz, Six Company

Electrocuted

9/26/1934

John W. Rawls, Six Company

Fell from Form

11/1/1934

Paul L. Jordan, B&W

Fell from 30' Pipe

11/1/1934

Richard M. Whelan, B&W

Penstock Car Broke Loose

11/1/1934

Martin L. Hempel, B&W

Penstock Car Broke Loose

11/4/1934

Alfred E. Foreman, B&W

Penstock Car Broke Loose

11/14/1934

K. H. Rankin, U.S.B.R.

Struck by Concrete Bucket


1935

1/3/1935

J. W. Pitts, Six Company

Struck by Concrete Bucket

2/19/1935

Kenneth L. Wilson, Six Company

Line Broke - Fell 200'

2/21/1935

B. R. Reaves, Six Company

Fell into Tunnel & Drowned

5/15/1935

David C. Nixon, Six Company

Crushed by Concrete Bucket

5/17/1935

Verne Mason, Six Company

Falling Pipe

6/21/1935

J. W. Matson, B&W

Falling Casting

6/21/1935

Harold Koile, B&W

Falling Casting

8/14/1935

William R. Skaloud, B&W

Fell

11/17/1935

Albert G. Loper, Six Company

Fell

11/24/1935

Roy Stevens, Six Company

Struck by Flying Object

12/20/1935

Patrict W. Tierney, U.S.B.R.**

Fell from Intake Tower

 

Summary of Fatalities

Cause
Industrial
Prec. 1935
Industrial
During 1935
Non-Industrial
Prec. 1935
Non-Industrial
During 1935
Total
Heat Prostration
13*
0
3
0
16
Drowning
5
0
2
0
7
Blasting
12
0
0
0
12
Falling Material
20
0
0
0
20
Accidental Falls
19
4
2
1
26
Struck by Equipment or Machinery
24
6
0
0
30
Automobile Accidents
0
0
9
1
10
Misc. Accidents
7
1
0
1
9
Murders & Suicides
0
0
5
0
5
Pneumonia
0
0
38
4
42
Other Natural Causes
0
0
32
4
36
Totals
100
11
91
11
213

**A horrible but terribly curious bit of Hoover Dam trivia: On December 20, 1922, J.G. Tierney, a USBR employee fell from a barge and drowned in the Colorado River fell while performing inititial geological surveys for the dam. Exactly 13 years later, on December 20, 1935, Patrick W. Tierney, a Bureau or Reclamation employee and son of J.G. Tierney, fell several hundred feet from one of the intake towers and drowned.

 

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