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Accident: 111197.015 - Two Employees Trapped In Trench Collapse, Receive Compressio

Accident: 111197.015 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 11/21/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1361688.01511/23/2018T.H. Construction Company
At 8:30 p.m. on November 21, 2018, Employees #1 and #2 enter a nine foot, eight inch deep by five foot, six inch wide trench without protective systems in place to locate a cut fiber optic cable. At some point, the east wall of the trench collapsed and trapped Employees #1 and #2. Both employees were rescued from the trench and hospitalized for treatment of hypothermia injuries and nerve damage to their legs from compression injuries.
Keywords: pinned, leg, trench, unstable soil, collapse, nerve damage
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair   0 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1361688.015 28 M Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Laborers, except construction FallDist:
FatCause: Trench collapse
2 1361688.015 26 M Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Laborers, except construction FallDist:
FatCause: Trench collapse

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