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Accident: 97079.015 - Employee Falls Into Collapsing Trench And Fractures Both Leg

Accident: 97079.015 -- Report ID: 0454714 -- Event Date: 07/11/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1246451.01507/12/2017J.Evans.Excavating.&.Associates. Inc.
At 6:15 p.m. on July 11, 2017, Employee #1, Coworker #1, and other coworkers, em ployed by an excavation company, were working at the site of a trench excavation . They were installing a sewer pipe in the trench, which measured approximately 7 feet deep by 3 feet wide by 40 feet long. A partial collapse occurred on the trench's northern wall. The workers removed the trench shield, and Coworker #1 , operating an excavator, began cleaning out the collapsed soil. Employee #1 mo ved onto a graded hillside near the northern wall to observe the clean-out work. As he walked along the trench edge, a second collapse of the trench wall occur red. Employee #1 fell into the trench, and a large piece of shale rock within t he collapsing soil pinned his legs just below the knees. Emergency services wer e called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for fractures to both legs.
Keywords: collapse, construction, excavation, excavator, fracture, leg, pinned, pipe, trench, unguarded
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition   1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1246451.015 31 M Hospitalized injury Installers And Repairers FallDist:
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Cause: Excavation
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