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Accident: 125816.015 - Three Employees Experience Trench Collapse, One Is Killed A

Accident: 125816.015 -- Report ID: 1055340 -- Event Date: 01/09/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1473584.01501/10/2020Wa317957740 - Aerotek Inc

At 12:15 p.m. on January 9, 2020, Employee #1 and Employee #2 entered a trench to assist another coworker who was partially trapped after a trench wall collaps e. During this assistance, a secondary trench wall collapsed, which buried the three employees. The coworker was able to get out. Employee #1 was rescued an d hospitalized, but the extent of the injuries were not reported in the narrativ e. Employee #2 was killed. A Lewis County coroner completed an autopsy on Jan uary 13, 2020 and determined that the cause of death was attributed to mechanica l asphyxia from the entrapment caused by the trench collapse.

Keywords: asphyxiated, buried, collapse, trench

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1473584.015 24 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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