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Deaths Due to Unsafe Access/Egress
The following Case Reports of trenching accidents investigated by OSHA illustrate how seemingly
innocent workplace activities can have deadly consequences.
- Two employees were laying pipe in a trench 12-feet deep, when one of the employees saw the
bottom face of the trench move. He jumped out of the way along the length
of the trench; the other employee was fatally injured as the wall caved-in.
The walls of the trench were not sloped, and no means of emergency egress
- In a 15-foot deep trench, which was not shored or sloped properly, two workers were laying
sewer pipe. The only means of egress was by climbing the backfill.
While exiting the trench, one of the workers was trapped by a small cave-in.
The second employee tried to extricate him, but a second cave-in occurred,
trapping the second employee at the waist. The second cave-in actually
caused the death of the first employee; the second employee sustained a hip