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Accident: 202466603 - Two Employees Drown In Excavation When Water Line Ruptures

Accident: 202466603 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 10/02/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31242944210/02/20081794A. Teichert & Son Inc. Dba Teichert Construction

At approximately 8:40 p.m. on October 2, 2008, Employees #1 and #2 were working inside a pipe inside an inside an excavation. The employees were employed as experienced pipe layers. The employer was contracted to install pipe for the Naciamento Pipeline Project. According to statements, the employer was provided evidence that a water line existed inside the excavation just prior to the accident and during a walk-through on a previous date. The excavator was stopped temporarily to investigate the existence of the water line and then commenced while the employees were inside the excavation resulting in an excavator rupturing the water line and filling the excavation and pipe where employees were working. Both employees drowned inside the pipe. One coworker escaped the excavation.

Keywords: excavation, lockout, excavator, drown
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312429442 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 312429442 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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