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Accident: 202442398 - Top Man Injured When Excavation Wall Collapsed

Accident: 202442398 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 10/10/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30745851311/18/20051623Wood Construction
At approximately 2:15 pm on Monday October 10, 2005, Employee #1, a top man laborer, was standing at the edge of a 6-foot by 6-foot by 42-inch deep excavation when the sidewall collapsed and employee #1 fell into the excavation. Employee #1 fell into the excavation just as the backhoe operator swung the bucket for another bite. The backhoe operator did not see Employee #1 and the bucket struck his left arm smashing it between the bucket and a gate valve. Coworkers came to his aid; Paramedics responded and took Employee #1 to the Palm Springs Medical Center, in Palm Springs, California. Employee #1 was admitted for a compound left forearm fracture had surgery and was hospitalized for four days. Employee #1 was a regular full-time employee was working at a new residential construction project in Beaumont, California, repairing a leak in a newly installed 8-inch water line.
Keywords: excavation, fracture, construction, trench, excavator, fall, struck by, cave-in, backhoe, backhoe bucket
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307458513 Hospitalized injury Fracture Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Fall, other

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