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Accident: 200372712 - Employee Killed In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 200372712 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 01/28/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30607656301/28/20031731Burriss Electrical
On January 28, 2003, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were working for an electrical contractor installing electrical conduit in a trench. The trench was approximately 8-ft-deep in sandy soil at a high school construction site. No protective system was provided for the trench. Three employees (including Employee #1 and Employee #2) were inside a section of the trench (approximately 27 ft from the backhoe) located at the end of the trench when a wall of the trench collapsed onto Employee #1 and Employee #2 resulting in their deaths.
Keywords: installing, wall, electrical, collapse, conduit, trench, crushed, pipe, cave-in, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306076563 Fatality Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse
2 306076563 Fatality Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse

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