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Accident: 201061207 - Employee Injured In Trench Cave In

Accident: 201061207 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 06/04/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12008146806/16/19981794P & C Harvesting
P and C Harvesting was on site to dig up plastic drainage pipes. The purpose of digging up the plastic pipes was to clear clogs in the line. Employee #1 and three coworkers were working at the jobsite. They dug the excavation with an excavator. Employee #1 and two coworkers entered a 6 ft deep excavation that was not shored or sloped. While working in the excavation, one side of the excavation collapsed on Employee #1 completely burying him including his head. His coworkers quickly dug him out and waited for the paramedics to arrive. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: excavation, head, trench, excavator, pipe, shoring, sloping, cave-in
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120081468 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Trench collapse

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