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Accident: 14215321 - Employee Killed In Trench Cave In

Accident: 14215321 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 01/08/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1534591101/09/19869199Town Of Santee
Employee #1, and two coworkers were working in a trench installing sewer line. The employees were in a 7-ft-deep trench (dry clay soil) laying 100 ft of 8-in. sewer drain. The coworkers finished work and, while exiting the trench, they saw the trench caving in on Employee #1. There was no septic equipment being used. The dirt caved in around Employee #1. The pressure against his chest suffocated him. The trench was neither sloped nor shored, and lacked a trench box.
Keywords: chest, sewer, trench box, trench, trench digger, cave-in
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15345911 Fatality Asphyxia Construction trades, n.e.c.

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