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Accident: 134927.015 - Employee Is Killed In Trench Collapse

Accident: 134927.015 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 04/16/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1525674.01504/16/2021Dunaway Excavating, Inc.

At 3:45 p.m. on April 16, 2021, an employee and coworker worked in a sixteen-foo t deep by eleven-foot wide at the bottom opening up to nineteen feet at the top trench and used a shovel to manually dig and locate a sewer tie-in. While the em ployee dug into the trench, the sidewall of the trench collapsed and engulfed th e employee in soil and water. The employee was killed by asphyxiation.

Keywords: asphyxiated, collapse, engulfed, sewer, shovel, trench, unstable soil, water
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition   0 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1525674.015 50 M Fatality Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
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Cause: Excavation
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