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Accident: 14470702 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 14470702 -- Report ID: 0316700 -- Event Date: 04/14/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10041956304/15/19861794Andrews Excavating, Inc.
On April 14, 1986, Employees #1 and #2 were in a 114 ft long trench that was 5 ft deep at the manhole at the west end and 13 ft deep at the east end. The employees entered the trench where it was 13 ft deep to set up a laser that would help align a sewage pipe that was being installed. Without warning, the north wall of the trench caved in. Employee #1 was completely buried and killed. Employee #2's legs were pinned and he sustained minor bruises. The east-west running trench was neither shored nor sloped. The soil was a mixture of clay and fill.
Keywords: pinned, construction, trench, shoring, unstable soil, sloping, buried, cave-in, contusion, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100419563 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
2 100419563 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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