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Accident: 200997427 - Worker Drowns In Trench After Filling With Water

Accident: 200997427 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 01/27/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31265470001/28/20091623Environmental Construction Inc.
On January 27, 2009, Employee #1, of Environmental Construction Inc., was retiring a 10 inch water line. While using a 14 inch Stihl gas powered chop saw to cut the pipe, he caught his wrist between two pipes. The hydra-stop previously installed on the pipe failed and released water from the pipe filling the trench. Employee #1 died in the trench due to drowning.
Keywords: construction, trench, circular saw, lockout, caught between, drown
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312654700 Fatality Other Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Drown, non-lethal fall

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