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Accident: 14222970 - One Killled, One Injured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 14222970 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 11/01/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
272641211/04/19851623Frash Inc
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on November 1, 1985, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were laying an 8-in by 6-ft clay sewer pipe in an unshored trench, 15 feet deep. As the employees attempted to leave the trench over the backfill, the trench began to cave in. Sand covered Employee #1 to his ankles and Employee #2 went to his aid. At this point the west wall caved in and covered Employee #1 completely and covered Employee #2 to his waist. Employee #1 died of a rupture of the right ventricle of the heart and Employee #2 received a strain/sprain to the hips.
Keywords: chest, installing, construction, trench, pipe, shoring, buried, cave-in, hip, sprain
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2726412 Fatality Other Construction trades, n.e.c.
2 2726412 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Supervisors, n.e.c.

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