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Accident: 952838 - Employee Is Killed In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 952838 -- Report ID: 0355114 -- Event Date: 01/19/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30858266701/19/20051623Jhl Plumbing, Inc.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on January 19, 2005, Employee #1 and a coworker were digging a trench to install sanitary lines. The coworker using a backhoe dug a trench approximately 12-ft deep, 33-ft long and 6-ft wide. No safety precautions were taken for protection of the trench. Employee #1 went into the trench and began shoveling dirt underneath utility lines. The side wall collapsed covering Employee #1 who died.
Keywords: chest, collapse, pinned, trench, shoring, struck by, cave-in, shovel, backhoe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308582667 Fatality Other Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Trench collapse

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