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Accident: 200461150 - Employee Killed When Rubble Wall Of Excavation Collapsed

Accident: 200461150 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 05/18/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30423355405/18/20011623Task Construction Corporation
Employee #1 was climbing down a ladder into a 14-foot deep excavation when the rubble wall of the excavation collapsed. At the same time, a Komatsu Excavator was putting a Mustang Skid Steer Loader into the excavation. It was too close to the unbraced rubble wall. A week earlier there was an attempt to install sheathing behind the rubble wall, but this was stopped due to vibration. Employee #1 died when the rubble wall collapsed.
Keywords: excavation, wall, collapse, crushed, excavator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 4 40 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304233554 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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