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Accident: 14397269 - Employee Drowns When Pinned In Flooded Trench

Accident: 14397269 -- Report ID: 0625400 -- Event Date: 09/06/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10141877009/06/19881623Haegelin Construction Company, Inc.
Employee #1, a laborer, and other employees of the Haegelin Construction Company were in a trench when a worker for the City of Austin turned on the water to pressure-test the line. He failed to notify the construction workers. A reducer valve broke loose from the main water line, causing the trench to flood. The force of the rushing water shoved a partly connected 500 lb metal valve against Employee #1, pinning him in the trench as it filled with water. Employee #1 drowned. He was first hired by the company on November 5, 1985, and had three years of experience at the time of the accident.
Keywords: pinned, work rules, construction, trench, equipment failure, rupture, valve, drown, communication, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101418770 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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