Incident Notice 2015-03

Incident Notice 2015-03

Type: Fatality

Industry: Residential Construction

Incident Summary:

A worker was in a 4.27 metre deep trench completing a sewer line hook up when the wall of the trench collapsed burying the worker. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

Safety Reminders:

  • If workers must access an excavation, ensure walls are secured by shoring, engineered stabilization methods, or cut back to protect the workers from soil cave-ins
  • Ensure the leading edge of any spoil piles are at least 1 metre away from the edge of the excavation
  • For trenches that are more than 1.5 metres deep, ensure that workers have a safe point of entering and exiting that is not more than 8 metres away

Safety Resources:

This incident notice is provided for information purposes only to notify industry of an occupational health and safety incident. It has been issued as an educational resource with the goal of preventing similar incidents. The information contained in this notice is based upon preliminary information that has not been confirmed through investigation. This notice should not be interpreted as identifying any contraventions of OHS legislation or as laying blame against any party.

Modified: 2017-02-17
PID: 15586

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