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Accident: 14557458 - One Killed, Two Injured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 14557458 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 10/22/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1496429010/24/19844941Sangre De Cristo Water Co
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1496428210/22/19841623Knc Inc
Employees #1 through #3 were in a 10 ft trench in a road bed across a sandy arroyo. They were using a backhoe and hand tools to connect a water pipe. The backhoe operator had struck a solid object and one laborer was digging to find it when the wall next to the spoil pile collapsed and buried the three employees. Employee #1 was killed, and Employees #2 and #3 were injured. The trench was inadequately sloped, and it was neither braced nor shored. The spoil pile was against the trench, and there was some motor vehicle traffic adjacent to the trench.
Keywords: work rules, vibrations, shoring, bracing, cave-in, construction, trench, sloping, buried
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14964290 Occupation Not Listed
2 14964282 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c.
3 14964282 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c.
4 14964282 Fatality Asphyxia Construction trades, n.e.c.

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