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Accident: 14496426 - Employee Dies In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 14496426 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 06/04/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10658076406/06/19901711Olen Carson Construction
Employee #1, a 37-year-old construction worker, was working in a 6 to 7 foot trench while a backhoe operator was digging at one end of it. The trench was approximately 32 inches wide and was not shored or sloped. An approximately 5 ft wide section of the west bank caved in and trapped the employee under dirt. Employee #1 suffered cardiac arrest and asphyxiation and died. The soil in the area had been recently trucked in and compacted.
Keywords: asphyxiated, work rules, construction, trench, cardiac arrest, shoring, sloping, buried, cave-in
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106580764 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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