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Worker killed in cave-in at Ohio excavation site.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1985 Sep; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00157537
Abstract
A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report on an enclosed space accident in Ohio was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on electricity or confined space/related accidents involving fatalities. A 62 year old laborer was buried when a cave in occurred in the 11 to 12 foot deep lateral trench in which he was working. He and another worker were using a backhoe to cut a lateral trench off of an eight inch sewer main. The backhoe operator called for help to the crewmen. The victim's body was uncovered from beneath three feet of gravel and dirt approximately 30 minutes after the cave in occurred. The coroner determined the cause of death to be asphyxiation due to compression of the chest and obstruction of airways. The employer's job safety program was indirectly influenced by the content of the contract. The contract did not identify use of shoring as a bid item, thus, discouraging implementation of safe work practices in the trenches. Recommendations include developing a documented safety program pertinent to the work being performed and including costs of trench protection as a reimbursable cost item of the estimated design and engineering costs.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Engineering; Region-5; Epidemiology; Accident-analysis; Lung-function; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Workplace-studies; Safety-research; Protective-measures; FACE-85-45; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19850918
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-224474
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-85-45
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
Divison of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-85-45-I, 6 pages
State
OH; WV
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