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Accident: 201158573 - Employee Fractures Leg In Trench Cave In

Accident: 201158573 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 10/22/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086391710/22/20031541Gr/Jr Construction
At approximately 10:15 a.m. on October 22, 2003, Employee #1 was on a construction job site operating a backhoe, digging a trench to expose pipes for inspection. A coworker was on the outer perimeter of the trench providing guidance on where to dig. Employee #1 dug to a depth of approximately 7.3 ft, but the trench was not sloped. The coworker left and Employee #1 entered the trench with a shovel to dig around the pipes. While digging with the shovel, the north wall of the trench collapsed. Employee #1 sustained a fractured leg when he was wedged between the trench wall and the shovel. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: excavation, fracture, construction, trench, buried, cave-in, shovel, backhoe, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 13
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300863917 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse

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