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Accident: 200571586 - Trench Cave-In Kills Employee

Accident: 200571586 -- Report ID: 0316700 -- Event Date: 06/21/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31424626506/21/20111623York Excavating Company, Llc
At approximately 2:15 p.m. on June 21, 2011, Employee #1 was repairing a pipeline for a new housing development. Employee #2 laid a pipe in the trench using an 8 ft. high trench box. The foreman noticed a separation between some previously laid pipe and had his crew pull out the affected sections of pipe. He went to his truck to gather some testing equipment for the pressure test that needed to be performed on the remaining sections of piping. Employee #1 went into the trench to set up for the test, the north wall caved in. There was no cave-in protection other than sloping the top 3 to 4 ft. portion of excavation. Employee #1 was killed when buried. The foreman had told Employee #1 prior to leaving the scene not to enter the trench without having the trench box reinstalled in the trench.
Keywords: ditch, trench, trench digger, pipeline, cave-in
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314246265 Fatality Asphyxia Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse

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