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Accident: 25555.015 - Employee At An Excavation Site Becomes Ill And Dies.

Accident: 25555.015 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 08/15/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
586700.01508/17/2012Millsap Construction, Inc.
On August 15, 2012, Employee #1 and a coworker were working at a construction site. There were at an excavation job, and Employee #1 was backfilling and compacting dirt. They had arrived at the remote job location at approximately 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. The coworker began digging a trench as Employee #1 observed and moved equipment. At approximately 11:30 a.m., Employee #1 complained of stomach pain and began throwing up. Employee #1 continued assisting with the work when he was able. At approximately 1:30 p.m., the coworker left to pick up parts. Employee #1 did not want to go with him. As his reason for not wanting to go, Employee #1 stated that he was not too hot, but that his stomach hurt. The coworker returned to the jobsite at approximately 3:05 p.m. The coworker called Employee #1's name at around 3:30 p.m. At that time, Employee #1 sat up and waved him away. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the coworker went to check on Employee#1. Employee #1 was unresponsive. The coworker contacted a second coworker, who was on a hill with phone reception, and asked him to call emergency medical services. Employee #1 was pronounced dead by the White County Coroner at approximately 6:05 p.m.
Keywords: trench, construction, excavation, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heart attack, cardiovasc system
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 586700.015 40 M Fatality Other Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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