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Accident: 971408 - Employee Hospitalized When Struck By Falling Trench Shield

Accident: 971408 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 01/17/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10561277401/18/19901623R W Davis Const
Employee #1, a truck driver, was standing on the ground next to an excavator talking to its operator. The truck driver had her back to a worker for another company who was dismantling a 16 ft by 6 ft trenching shield. The worker, who was cutting the bracing free with a cutting torch, did not know that Employee #1 was standing next to the trench shield. When the side of the trench shield came apart, it fell over and struck Employee #1, trapping her underneath. She was hospitalized. Employee #1 should not have been standing where she was, and the worker who was dismantling the trench shield should have checked to make sure no one was in the vicinity.
Keywords: trench box, dismantling, pinned, work rules, construction, struck by, falling object, inattention, truck driver
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105612774 Hospitalized injury Fracture Truck drivers, heavy

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