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Accident: 14437529 - Three Injured When Struck By Gutter During Trench Cave-In

Accident: 14437529 -- Report ID: 1032500 -- Event Date: 02/01/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10189694202/01/19881623Hood Corporation
Employees #1 through #3 were working in a 4 ft deep trench that ran along the edge of a roadway. The north edge of the trench abutted a concrete gutter. The south edge was covered by the roadway blacktop and the spoil pile was stacked on the blacktop at the edge of the trench wall. Traffic was moving on the blacktop about 10 ft from the trench. A backhoe was working on the trench approximately 40 to 50 ft to the east when it evidently hit the concrete gutter, resulting in a chain reaction that caused the full length of the gutter to fall into the trench. All three employees were struck by the gutter and falling soil, but only Employee #1 required hospitalization. The top 2 ft of the trench wall was composed of sand and clay, and the bottom 2 ft was a mixture of sand and approximately 6 to 8 in. diameter drain rock. The soil was wet from recent rains.
Keywords: work rules, construction, trench, vibrations, struck by, unstable soil, cave-in, falling object, backhoe
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101896942 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
2 101896942 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
3 101896942 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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