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Accident: 200611663 - Employee Is Trapped In A Trench Cave-In And Rescued

Accident: 200611663 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 07/30/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30694751607/30/20041794Workman Excavation

At approximately 3:05 p.m. on July 30, 2004, the owner of Workman Excavation (Employee #1) was trapped in a trench cave-in. Employee #1 dug a trench with a Hyundai Robex 160 LC-3 excavator in order to connect the water line from a residence to the water main. An employee of the Laconia Water Department (Employee #2) assisted Employee #1. The location of the water main had been marked on the ground, but the two employees were having a hard time finding the main. Employee #2 probed for the water main but had no success. Employee #1 dug further and decided to enter the trench with the probe to locate the water main. Employee #1 was in the trench for a few minutes and started to climb out, when the walls of the trench caved-in. The trench was approximately 7.5 feet deep with straight walls. The soil was very sandy and Employee #1 was completely engulfed by the dirt. Employee #2 and the property owner got shovels and dug Employee #1 out of the trench. Approximately 2.5 feet of dirt covered Employee #1's head. Mr. Workman was covered for approximately 3-4 minutes. A rescue team arrived at the site, checked out Employee #1 who stated that he was alright. . Employee #1 returned to work filling in the section of the trench that was across the roadway.

Keywords: excavation, construction, trench, excavator, unstable soil, buried, cave-in
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition Under $50,000 1

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306947516 Occupation not reported

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