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Accident: 201101110 - Employee Injured In Trench Excavation Cave-In

Accident: 201101110 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 06/28/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12566944007/01/19991794C & S Network Construction Services
This employer was installing conduit for a telecomunication line. Employee #1 works for the company as a backhoe operator. Employee #1 was in an excavation that was approximately five feet deep. Employee #1 was excavating down to a previously buried conduit. The intent was to expose the conduit so a hand hole, a box similar to a manhole or junction for other connections, could be installed. After the excavation was dug out, it was discovered that the conduit was at the edge of the excavation and still buried. Employee #1 was undermining the edge of the excavation to uncover the conduit. The wall of the excavation caved-in on Employee #1. Employee #1 was hospitalized and treated for a fractured pelvis.
Keywords: excavation, fracture, conduit, construction, trench, pelvis, cave-in
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125669440 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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