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Accident: 14546444 - Employee Killed In Trench Cave In

Accident: 14546444 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 05/19/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10188455905/22/19891623Hereford'S Backhoe Work, Inc.
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on May 19, 1989, Employee #1 was shovel grading the bottom of an unprotected 16 foot deep, 24 inch wide sewer trench. The backhoe operator foreman was excavating at the end of the trench for a manhole. The side of the trench broke away where the backhoe bucket was working. Employee #1 was covered with earth. The right side of his rib cage was crushed and he died from asphyxiation.
Keywords: asphyxiated, trench, cave-in, manhole, backhoe, backhoe bucket
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101884559 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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