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Accident: 202447884 - Employee Killed When Trench Collapses

Accident: 202447884 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 03/25/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31060226303/25/20081731Pouk & Steinle Inc
An eight-worker crew was installing an underground electrical conduit. One crewmember used a backhoe to excavate a 17.7-meter-long, 1.2-meter-wide, 3.0-meter-deep trench. A second crewmember was using a shovel to level the bottom of the excavation at the end of the trench near the backhoe. That portion of the trench, which was not shored or sloped, caved in. Two workers climbed out of the trench, but the employee near the backhoe was not able to make it out and was subsequently buried in the cave-in. Emergency medical services extracted the buried employee from the trench and pronounced him dead at the scene.
Keywords: collapse, construction, trench, elec utility work, shoring, buried, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310602263 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse

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