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Accident: 201101433 - Employee Falls After Trench Edge Breaks Away

Accident: 201101433 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 01/07/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12567278204/04/20001731Industrial Electric Service Co
Employee #1 worked for an electrical contractor as a journeyman electrician. Employee #1 was walking at the edge of a 4 ft deep excavation when a portion of the edge gave way causing him to fall into the excavation. The excavation did not cave-in. The edge at the top for a few inches broke away causing Employee #1 to lose his balance. He fractured his left knee in the fall and was hospitalized.
Keywords: excavation, collapse, blocks, trench, lost balance
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 4
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125672782 Hospitalized injury Fracture Misc. electrical & electronic equipment repairers FallDist:
FallHt:4
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Fall, other

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