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Accident: 14570154 - Employee Killed In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 14570154 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 04/23/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10161326304/24/19861623Brock'S General Contracting
Employee #1 was installing an 8 in. diameter water line in the bottom of a 9 ft deep by 24 in. wide trench that was several hundred feet long. The trench wall caved in, burying him under about 5 ft of earth. Employee #1 was killed. Heavy machinery had been working approximately 30 ft away and a backhoe had been digging 10 ft away, at the end of the trench. This may have caused vibrations in the earth. There had also been a large amount of rain during the days prior to the accident, and the mostly clay soil had retained a lot of moisture.
Keywords: work rules, construction, trench, vibrations, unstable soil, buried, cave-in
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101613263 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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