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Accident: 201953692 - Employee Injured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 201953692 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 12/26/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30723024312/30/20031711Master Plumbing, Inc.
On December 26, 2003, Employee #1, a plumber, and the owner were conducting a residential sewer tie-in. He was located in an excavated area, measuring 11-feet to 13-feet deep, approximately 50-feet long, and about 20-feet wide. The slope of the trench started approximately 8 feet from the bottom. As Employee #1 was working in the excavated area, the owner was located on a rubber tired 4 by 4 CAT backhoe. One of the trenches side walls began to shear off. The owner called to Employee #1 to warn him of the collapsing side wall. Employee #1 ran toward a ladder to exit the trench, but was pinned by the sheared side wall. Employee #1 was recovered from the trench, having suffered numerous contusions and abrasions.
Keywords: sewer, excavation, shear, collapse, pinned, abrasion, plumbing, cave-in, backhoe, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 13
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307230243 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Trench collapse

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