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Accident: 113812.015 - Employee Sustains Multiple Injuries In Trench Collapse

Accident: 113812.015 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 02/18/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1380073.01502/20/2019Jb&L Utility Contractors
At 10:45 a.m. on February 18, 2019, Employee #1 and coworkers, employed by a wat er/sewer line construction company, were working inside a trench that measured 7 feet deep, 7 feet wide, and 30 feet long. They were installing fittings to con nect a residential sewer line to the main sewer line. The trench was not shored or benched to prevent collapse. A vertical trench wall collapsed, striking and engulfing Employee #1. Emergency services transported Employee #1 to the hospi tal, where he was admitted for treatment of injuries to the lungs, four ribs, an d the right shoulder.
Keywords: caught in, engulfed, excavation, fitting, fracture, installing, lung, residential construction, respiratory, rib, sewer, shoring, struck by, structural collapse, trench, unguarded, unprotected, wall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
  New project or new addition  
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1380073.015 47 M Hospitalized injury Construction laborers

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