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Accident: 954552 - Employee'S Collarbone Fractured In Trench Cave-In

Accident: 954552 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 05/23/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10570370605/23/19891711R.B.H. Plumbing Co.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. on May 22, 1989, Employee #1 was using a shovel to grade the base of a trench, which measured 150 ft long, 17 in. wide, and 6 ft deep. The sides were vertical. The area at the west side of the trench had been excavated and backfilled for the installation of a natural gas line. The gas line had been installed three days earlier on May 19, 1989. While Employee #1 was working in the trench, its west side caved in, covering him to the top of his head. Employee #1 was rescued from the trench and hospitalized with a broken collarbone.
Keywords: fracture, work rules, collarbone, construction, trench, sloping, buried, cave-in
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105703706 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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