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Accident: 202466694 - Employee Is Injured When Retaining Wall Collapses

Accident: 202466694 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 05/06/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31020134805/06/20081794D&D Construction Specialties, Inc.
At 10:57 a.m. on May 6, 2008, Employee #1 sustained a serious occupational injury when an unsupported retaining wall collapsed on him while he was cleaning and digging the footings for construction of a new retaining wall. The company involved in the accident is a general construction company, conducting construction of retaining walls, shafts and caissons. Employee #1 has been working for the company for 3 years, and was working in close proximity to other D&D Construction Specialties Inc. employees and the D&D onsite supervisor. Employee #1 was working at the east side of the project, adjacent to a 7-foot-high unprotected excavation, which was below the footing of the existing retaining wall that subsequently collapsed onto Employee #1. The employer did not use a support system or obtain a professional engineer's approved determination that the excavation below the level of the footing of the retaining wall would be safe. Employee #1 was admitted to USC Medical Center on May 6, 2008 and was treated in the hospital for 16 days.
Keywords: footings, excavation, fracture, collapse, construction, trench, retaining wall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310201348 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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