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Accident: 131915.015 - Employee Repairing Sewer Line Is Killed When Trench Collapse

Accident: 131915.015 -- Report ID: 0830400 -- Event Date: 12/21/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1507732.01512/22/2020Nelsen Construction

At 4:00 p.m. on December 21, 2020, Employee #1 and coworkers, employed by a wate r and sewer line construction company, were attempting to repair a residential s ewer line that was back flowing. While they were in the trench they had dug, a trench wall collapsed. Employee #1 was caught in the collapsing material and fa tally crushed.

Keywords: asphyxiated, blunt force trauma, buried, caught in, crushed, excavation, pipeline, repair, residential construction, sewer, structural collapse, trench, unguarded, unprotected, wall
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition   1 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1507732.015 45 M Fatality Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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