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Accident: 123414.015 - Employee Is Killed In Excavation Collapse

Accident: 123414.015 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 01/22/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1458155.01501/24/2020Triple S Communications, Inc.

At 5:15 p.m. on January 22, 2020, Employee #1, employed by a telecommunications installation company, was working inside an excavation measuring approximately 3 feet wide, 8 to 10 feet long, and 10 feet deep. He was attempting to connect 2 -inch High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) conduit to the bore head of a Ditch Witch Horizonal Directional Drilling Unit, Model JT25, Product Identification Number CMWJT25XTG0000466. The north wall of the excavation collapsed, and the employee was buried. He sustained traumatic asphyxia and was killed.

Keywords: asphyxiated, buried, conduit, construction, drill rig--non-oil, excavation, installing, structural collapse, traumatic, trench, wall
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
  New project or new addition   X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1458155.015 49 M Fatality Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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