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Master plumber dies when trench collapses.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2004 May; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20026433
Abstract
On July 29, 2003, a 35-year-old, male master plumber died when an unshorn trench collapsed. Two employees from the contracting company were speaking with him at the time from the side of the trench. He had searched and diagnosed a water line leak when the walls of the trench collapsed. The plumber was employed by a plumbing company contracted by a commercial establishment to locate and repair a water leak. He died at the scene from asphyxia due to chest compression. To prevent future occurrences of similar incidents, the following recommendations have been made: 1. Employers should train employees on safe work practices and how to recognize and avoid unsafe work conditions. 2. Employers should train employees working in excavations on the use of appropriate protective equipment. 3. Employers should ensure appropriate training and refresher procedures for all employees handling seldom used equipment.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-4; Plumbing; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Author Keywords: Body belt; Fall; Personal fall arrest system; Roof
Publication Date
20040527
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-114013
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-03KY072; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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