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Accident: 14563787 - Three Employees Injured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 14563787 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 09/24/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1500372610/04/19841623Laramore Construction Co Inc
Employees #1 and #2 were in a 13 ft deep trench when a portion of the trench wall caved in, burying Employee #1 to his waist. Employee #2 started digging out Employee #1 by hand, and Employee #3 jumped into the trench to help. Employee #2 saw that the wall was going to cave in a second time, and covered Employee #1 with his body. A larger section of the trench wall then collapsed, burying all three employees under 2 to 3 ft of clay soil. Employee #1 suffered a broken collarbone and a broken jaw, and Employee #3 sustained bruises and abrasions. The hospital would not release information on the nature and extent of Employee #2's injuries. However, he was in the ICU at the time of inspection. The trench was approximately 3 ft 11 in. wide and had vertical walls where it caved-in.
Keywords: fracture, work rules, collarbone, construction, trench, abrasion, sloping, buried, cave-in, contusion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15003726 Non Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers
2 15003726 Hospitalized injury Other Construction laborers
3 15003726 Non Hospitalized injury Other Construction laborers

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