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Accident: 200783405 - Employee Is Buried And Asphyxiated In A Trench Collapse

Accident: 200783405 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 12/15/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30748779312/15/20041623Site Concrete, Inc.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on December 15, 2004, Employee #1 and his coworkers were measuring the depth of a 23-ft. excavation where a manhole was positioned. Employee #1 was buried, when the East wall of the excavation containing a large boulder collapsed on top of him. Employee #1's body was not retrieved from the excavation until the next day. At the time of the incident, there were no trench boxes being used in the excavation, and the walls of the excavation had not been sloped or shored.
Keywords: excavation, asphyxiated, wall, rock, construction, trench, buried, manhole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307487793 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse

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