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Accident: 170335517 - Employee Killed When Trench Caves In

Accident: 170335517 -- Report ID: 0729710 -- Event Date: 07/24/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11046426007/25/19957699Berry Tractor Company

Employee #1 was testing an excavator that he had repaired. There were no witnesses, but it is assumed that Employee #1 had run the equipment to make it hot, then got out of the excavator to see if there was any leakage. He apparently stepped off the edge of a 15 ft long by 12 ft deep by 30 in. wide trench he had dug while testing the equipment. The trench caved in on top of Employee #1 after he had fallen into it. Rescue attempts were unsuccessful and the employee died of asphyxia.

Keywords: asphyxiated, repair, work rules, trench, excavator, fall, shoring, sloping, buried, cave-in

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110464260 Fatality Asphyxia Heavy equipment mechanics

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