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A day laborer dies when he is buried in a trench collapse.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 12CA004, 2013 Jun; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
20044093
Abstract
A day laborer died when he was buried in a trench collapse at a private residence. The homeowner hired day laborers to do construction work at her residence, which included digging trenches along the perimeter of the home for drainage. The trench ranged in depth from 6 to12 feet deep, and measured two feet wide and approximately fifteen feet long. None of the permits required to excavate the trench had been obtained and the trench had not been inspected or shored. The employees were not given any training in trench safety and shoring procedures. Factors that may have contributed to this death were untrained workers in an unshored trench more than five feet deep with unstable soil conditions. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future incidents: Homeowners who need trenching / excavation work should: 1. Hire contractors who are licensed to perform trenching and excavation work. Contractors licensed to perform trenching should: 1. Ensure that the trench is properly permitted and inspected daily by a competent person to determine all necessary safety precautions. 2. Ensure that trenches five feet deep or greater are properly shored, shielded, or sloped. In addition, employers who hire day laborers to work in a trench /excavation should: 1. Ensure that day laborers are properly trained and understand all the hazards associated with working in a trench / excavation.
Keywords
Region-9; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Employee-exposure; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Accidents; Construction
Publication Date
20130607
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
PB2014-105926
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-12CA004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA; WV
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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