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Accident: 566364 - Employees Buried In Excavation Cave-In

Accident: 566364 -- Report ID: 0636900 -- Event Date: 05/18/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10892355805/20/19941794Town & Country Contractors, Inc.
Around 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 1994, Employees #1 and #2 were standing in the crevice of Greenwade Pit, an excavated pit wall. The wall was approximately 35-40 feet high. The company was loading and hauling waste from a previous excavation project. Employee #1 had experience in the pit and was showing Employee #2 the type of material that needed to be loaded into the trailer bed of the tractor-trailer. Another employee was using a tractor loader to load a tractor-trailer approximately 40 feet away. The walls of the crevice collapsed and completely covered Employees #1 and #2. The other employee attempted to uncover Employees #1 and #2 but was not successful. Emergency help was called and Employees #1 and #2 were later uncovered. Both had died before they were uncovered.
Keywords: excavation, work rules, construction, pit, shoring, unstable soil, sloping, buried, cave-in
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108923558 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 108923558 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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