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Worker dies in trench collapse.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2006 Jun; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
20034702
Abstract
On Friday, August 19, 2005, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a 24-year-old worker died when he was buried under a wall of the trench he was working in. The excavation wall and part of the sidewalk next to the concrete garage floor collapsed onto him while he was attempting to attach the new PVC pipe he and his coworkers had installed that morning to the main sewer in the alley. One of the decedent's coworkers was also caught in the collapse. Two other workers on-site, neighbors who heard their calls for help, and firefighters who arrived on the scene were able to extricate the decedent's coworker (the company owner) from the excavation. He was transported to a hospital and recovered. The decedent's body was recovered from the excavation approximately 8 hours after the wall collapsed. Recommendations: 1. Employers and self-employed contractors should slope or shore or use trench boxes in all excavations greater than 5 feet deep. 2. Employers and self-employed contractors should ensure that excavations are inspected by a competent person prior to start of work and as needed throughout a shift to look for evidence of any situation that could result in possible cave-in. 3. Employers and self-employed contractors should design, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety program that includes training in hazard recognition and avoiding unsafe conditions. 4. Emergency medical services and fire-rescue personnel should be knowledgeable about proper rescue techniques involving excavation sites and ensure that adequate shoring equipment is on hand at all times.
Keywords
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-performance; Safety-programs; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Confined-spaces
Publication Date
20060609
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-111726
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-05MI084; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-521205
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MI
Performing Organization
Michigan State University
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