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Accident: 200741874 - Two Employees Are Injured In Collapse Of Foundation Wall

Accident: 200741874 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 04/26/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30754026004/28/20051521Henry Myers Construction Llc

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on April 26, 2005, Employees #1 and #2 were hand digging a new foundation located at the base of an existing foundation wall for a residential home that was undergoing construction. The existing concrete foundation wall collapsed, pinning Employee #1 under its weight, while Employee #2 was struck on the shoulder. Employee #1 suffered a fractured pelvis and broken wrist and Employee #2 sustained a strained shoulder. Both employees were hospitalized and treated for their injuries. The accident investigation revealed that the primary cause of the accident was the removal of supporting soil at the base of the existing retaining wall caused it to collapse due to rotational failure.

Keywords: concrete slab, excavation, fracture, shoulder, collapse, construction, pelvis, struck by, untrained, sprain
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 2 30

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307540260 Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Wall (earthen) collapse
2 307540260 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Wall (earthen) collapse

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