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Accident: 201114725 - Employee Is Injured In Excavation Cave-In

Accident: 201114725 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 08/02/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12031373908/06/20021794Sam Hill & Sons Inc.
At approximately 10:06 a.m. on August 2, 2002, Employee #1, a foreman, was working by himself digging an excavation with a backhoe at a new housing development. The excavation was a layered soil trench with a 4-foot vertical cut at the bottom in Type "A" soil with the top 2 feet sloped 2 to 1 in the Type "C" soil. The employee was trying to locate a sewer connection stub while inside the excavation using a "T" bar when the excavation collapsed on him. He suffered a broken pelvis and was hospitalized. The excavation was close to another excavation for an electrical line that was refilled. The employee believed that this former excavation caused his excavation to collapse.
Keywords: sewer, excavation, fracture, installing, equipment operator, construction, caught between, pelvis, cave-in, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120313739 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse

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