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Accident: 200002418 - Employee Killed In Trench Collapse

Accident: 200002418 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 02/21/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30971237002/21/20071794Eales Excavating, Inc.

At approximately 11:40 a.m. On February 21, 2007, Employee #1, a laborer, was in the trench near the street, when the trench walls collapsed engulfing him. Prior to the accident, Employee #1's coworker, a backhoe operator, working for an excavating contractor, opened a trench to allow installation of a sewer pipe. The trench ran approximately 60 ft from one side of a duplex to the street. The trench was approximately 10 ft deep to 11 ft-6in. at the point it collapsed (near the street). The remaining upright portion of the trench revealed the trench walls were almost vertical with the top opening ranging in width from approximately 2 ft to 3.5 ft throughout most of the length of the trench. There was no shoring, bracing, or a trench box in place or in use at the time of the accident. Employee #1 sustained fatal injuries as a result of the accident.

Keywords: sewer, trench box, unguarded fl opening, collapse, construction, trench, crushed, pipe, shoring, backhoe
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 1 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309712370 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse

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