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Accident: 893529 - Employee'S Back Fractured In Fall Into Trench

Accident: 893529 -- Report ID: 0355114 -- Event Date: 10/13/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10570652710/13/19881623Crisp Construction Company, Inc.
At approximately 12:00 noon on October 13, Employee #1 (the owner of the company) and an employee of his were installing an 8 in. PVC storm sewer pipe in an unshored trench. The trench was 10 ft 8 in. deep by 105 ft long, and approximately 5 ft wide at the bottom and 7 ft 6 in. wide at the surface. Employee #1 was in the trench aligning the pipe and making couplings while his employee operated a backhoe. There was no ladder in the trench or at the site and Employee #1 attempted to ride the bucket of the backhoe to exit the trench. He lost his balance and fell back into the trench, breaking his back. Employee #1 was removed from the trench at 3:00 p.m. by rescue personnel.
Keywords: fracture, work rules, ladder, construction, trench, riding on equipment, back, fall, lost balance, backhoe bucket
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105706527 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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