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Accident: 606822 - Employee Injured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 606822 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 07/15/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10121752907/15/19871623L & B Industries, Inc.
A FORD 555A BACKHOE, MODEL DF 7114, SN C728296 WAS USED TO DIG A TRENCH FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A 2 INCH PVC FIBER OPTICS PIPE. THE TRENCH WAS 6 TO 12 FEET DEEP, 2 TO 3 FEET WIDE AND WAS NOT SHORED OR SLOPED. NO LADDER WAS PROVIDED FOR ACCESS TO THE TRENCH AND NO HARD HATS WERE WORN. THE EMPLOYEES WERE NOT TRAINED IN TRENCHING REGULATIONS OR HAZARDS. THE EXCAVATED DIRT WAS PILED AT THE EDGE OF THE TRENCH. EMPLOYEE #1 WENT INTO THE TRENCH TO UNCOVER A SEWER LINE WHICH RAN THROUGH IT. HE HAD BEEN IN THE TRENCH 5 TO 10 MINUTES WHEN IT CAVED IN. HE SUFFERED CHEST, FACE, AND SHOULDER INJURIES AND WAS HOSPITALIZED.
Keywords: chest, shoulder, ppe, construction, trench, shoring, sloping, cave-in, face, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101217529 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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