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Accident: 170629927 - Employee Injured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 170629927 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 04/03/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12572422904/30/20011794P & G Communications
On April 3, 2001, a serious injury accident occurred in Tulare, California. Employee #1, a laborer, had been sent to the location to help locate some 4-inch conduit that had been laid in an adjoining trench by P & G Communications, Inc. The trench in question was not a job being done by P & G, but an Edison Electric crew was going to tie into the conduit that had been laid by P & G. Employee #1 entered the trench with a probe to locate the conduit. The trench ranged from 2 feet to 8 feet wide by 2 feet to 10 feet in depth. The trench was not shored, and as Employee #1 probed for the conduit, part of the trench caved in. Employee #1 suffered broken ribs in the accident and was taken to Tulare District Hospital for emergency treatment.
Keywords: fracture, conduit, trench, rib, shoring, cave-in
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Other Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125724229 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Swimming pool construction
FatCause: Trench collapse

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