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Accident: 201116175 - Employee Injured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 201116175 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 05/28/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30082608806/25/20037359West Coast Backhoe Services
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on May 28, 2003, Employee #1, a backhoe operator, was assigned to excavate a 7-ft by 10-ft by 10-ft deep excavation for an elevator sump pump. He proceeded to excavate the hole with his backhoe and was working alone. He descended from his backhoe to the edge of the excavation with a shovel with the intent to clear earth away from a pipe in the excavation. He embedded the shovel into the 3-ft by 10-ft wide shelf and used the shovel as leverage to descend into the excavation. The earth supporting the shovel on the shelf gave way and he lost his balance and fell into the excavation. He shattered his L-2 vertebrae and was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, work rules, machine operator, trench, fall, cave-in, lost balance, shovel, vertebra, backhoe
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300826088 Hospitalized injury Fracture Excavating and loading machine operators

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