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Accident: 94416.015 - One Worker Killed, Second Injured In Block Wall Collapse

Accident: 94416.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 04/03/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1222098.01504/03/2017Southland Paving, Inc.
At 12:00 p.m. on April 3, 2017, Employees #1 and #2, employed by a construction contractor, were engaged in trench excavation work related to a commercial building construction project. Employee #1 was taking his lunch break while standing inside the 2- to 3-foot excavation, which had just been dug next to an existing concrete block wall. Employee #2 was outside the trench near Employee #1. The concrete block wall's footing had been exposed and weakened by the digging. The wall collapsed, completely burying Employee #1 and trapping Employee #2's left foot. Emergency services were called. Employee #1, when freed from the collapse, and found to have fatal head and chest injuries. Employee #2's foot was freed from the collapsed wall. He was transported to the hospital, admitted, and treated for fractures to his foot.
Keywords: trench, buried, concrete block, excavation, head, foot, construction, collapse, wall, unsecured
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1222098.015 51 M Fatality Other Machine operators, not specified FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Collapse of structure
2 1222098.015 35 M Hospitalized injury Fracture FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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