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Accident: 202463642 - Employees Are Injured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 202463642 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 06/22/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30083454606/22/20061794Professional Pipeline Contractors
On June 22, 2006, Employees #1 and #2, with Professional Pipeline Contractors (a construction company that provided grading and pipeline site development) were inside an excavation (approximately 27 ft long, 3 to 15 ft wide, and 11 ft deep) repairing a leaking sewer connection. While they were breaking up the pipe and loading the pieces into a backhoe loader bucket, the southwest side of the trench caved in and trapped them. The loader operator and other workers assisted Employees #1 and #2 from the trench. They were hospitalized at Holy Cross Hospital for back fractures and spine injuries.
Keywords: leak, excavation, fracture, repair, trench, back, pipeline, cave-in, backhoe, backhoe bucket
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300834546 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse
2 300834546 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Trench collapse

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