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Accident: 132001.015 - One Employee Is Killed, One Is Critically Injured In Retaini

Accident: 132001.015 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 12/28/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1508063.01512/28/2020Tomal Painting & Contracting

At 1:30 p.m. on December 28, 2020, Employees #1 and #2, day laborers employed by a painting and masonry contractor, were repairing a retaining wall at a job sit e. They were working on the base of the retaining wall in preparation for a con crete pour. The two employees had not been trained by the owner of the company on the hazards of working on a retaining wall, and the owner did not have knowle dge or experience with retaining walls or excavations. Employees #1 and #2 were using a Bosch Electric Grinder (SN 021024766) and a Bosch Electric Drill Hammer 8" pick to dig and clear needed space for a new footing support on the left sid e of the wall. No support system was used to protect the employees during the e xcavation process, and no underpinning plan was used. Both the left and right s ides of the wall had been undermined by run off rainfall and/or snowfall for sev eral months including days prior to the incident. The retaining wall suddenly c ollapsed on the two employees. Employee #1 sustained blunt force crushing injur ies and was killed. Employee #2 was hospitalized with critical injuries.

Keywords: blunt force trauma, construction, crushed, excavation, grinder, masonry wall, pinned, renovation, retaining wall, shoring, struck by, structural collapse, support posts, unguarded, untrained
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation   5 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1508063.015 39 M Fatality Construction Laborer FallDist:
Cause: Exterior masonry

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