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Accident: 14387625 - Employee Killed In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 14387625 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 11/16/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10012001311/17/19861711Northwestern Industrial Piping, Inc
THE COMPANY WAS INSTALLING A CAST IRON WATER LINE WHEN ONE OF THE TRENCH WALLS CAVED IN ON EMPLOYEE #1. THE IMPACT OF THE MOVING SOIL THREW EMPLOYEE #1 AGAINST HIS HAND SHOVEL. THE SHOVEL HANDLE FRACTURED BONES IN HIS CHEST, IN TURN CAUSING DAMAGE TO HIS HEART. THE TRENCH WAS 7 1/2 FEET DEEP AND 5 FEET WIDE, WITH VERTICAL WALLS. PENETROMETER AND TORVANE TESTS DEMONSTRATED THAT THE SOIL WAS SOFT AND UNSTABLE. NO SHORING WAS USED.
Keywords: chest, heart, fracture, construction, trench, shoring, unstable soil, sloping, cave-in
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100120013 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported

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