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Hispanic worker dies due to trench cave-in.

Authors
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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 02KY108, 2003 Mar; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20026413
Abstract
On December 3, 2002, a 30-year old Hispanic laborer died when an unsupported 8-foot wall of a trench collapsed on him. Three laborers were working in an unsupported trench when one side caved in, burying one laborer (decedent) and partially burying another Hispanic worker. The third laborer managed to escape the trench unharmed. Two of the laborers were Hispanic, the third was a brother to the owner of the company digging the trench. The coroner pronounced the 30-year old laborer dead at the scene due to asphyxiation. To prevent similar incidents from occurring, Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation personnel suggest: 1. Employers should comply with Occupational Safety and Health Act regulations on shoring trenches. 2. Employees should be trained in trench and general workplace safety. 3. Foreign workers should receive safety training in their native language and be informed of potentially hazardous working conditions.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Safety-measures; Work-practices; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Author Keywords: Trench; Cave-in
Publication Date
20030311
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-114005
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-02KY108; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY; WV
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division