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Accident: 114894.015 - Employee Sustains Crushing Injuries In Trench Collapse

Accident: 114894.015 -- Report ID: 0317700 -- Event Date: 03/05/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1382602.01503/05/2019Gruber Excavating, Inc

At 10:53 a.m. on March 5, 2019, Employee #1, employed by an excavation company, was working at the site of a residential structure. He entered an 8-foot deep e xcavation that had no protective system and, using a hand shovel, proceeded to r emove soil from the building foundation. A sheet of soil sloughed off the north side wall of the excavation, striking and partially engulfing the employee. Em ergency services transported the employee to the hospital, where he was admitted . Employee #1 required treatment for crushing injuries that included two fractu red ribs, a punctured lung, and a collapsed lung.

Keywords: blunt force trauma, collapsed lung, crushed, engulfed, excavation, falling object, fracture, puncture, residential construction, rib, shovel, struck by, structural collapse, trench, unprotected, wall
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation   1

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1382602.015 30 M Hospitalized injury Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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