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Accident: 201115862 - Trench Cave-In Hospitalizes Employee With Multiple Injuries

Accident: 201115862 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 03/25/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12618933103/25/20031389Southwest Contractors
At approximately 10:35 a.m. on March 25, 2003, Employee #1 and two coworkers of Southwest Contractors were trying to locate an underground oil pipeline in an almond orchard approximately 0.3 miles South and 0.4 miles East of Rowlee Road and Kimberline Road, Wasco, California. After digging an excavation approximately 8 feet deep by 16 feet wide by 20 feet long they discovered the line on the South side of the excavation. Employee #1 and the backhoe operator entered the excavation. The backhoe operator was cutting the insulation on the pipe when a cave-in occurred. One laborer dug out the backhoe operator, who then used the backhoe to dig out Employee #1. Employee #1 was hospitalized at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, where he was treated for multiple injuries.
Keywords: excavation, trench, oil line, pipe, cave-in, backhoe
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126189331 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers

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