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Accident: 131877.015 - Employee Is Killed When Trench Wall Collapses

Accident: 131877.015 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 12/18/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1507528.01512/18/2020Balance Site Inc

At 1:00 p.m. on December 18, 2020, Employee #1 and a coworker, employed by a con struction company, were engaged in site preparation for a planned multifamily re sidential structure. The coworker was operating an excavator and digging a tren ch where a sewer pipe was being removed. Employee #1 was spotting for his cowor ker. For no apparent reason, Employee #1 entered the trench, which was not prot ected from collapse. His coworker subsequently stated that he told Employee #1 to get out of the trench. As Employee #1 moved toward a ladder to exit the tren ch, a trench wall collapsed. Employee #1 was buried in approximately 8 feet of dirt. It took approximately 20 minutes for his coworker and others to extricate Employee #1 from the trench. CPR was performed unsuccessfully. Employee #1 wa s killed by asphyxia.

Keywords: asphyxiated, buried, cpr, excavation, pipe, residential construction, sewer, structural collapse, trench, unguarded, unprotected, unresponsive
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition   X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1507528.015 43 M Fatality Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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