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Worker killed in cave-in at Ohio excavation site.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 85-45, 1985 Sep; :1-6
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.
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