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    EXCAVATION COLLAPSE FATALITY

    Soil engineer dies in trench collapse

    This incident is reported to have occurred when a soil engineer (aged 27) was taking samples at a construction site in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The trench collapsed at 5pm on Friday 5th September and the young man was declared dead at the scene by police. Rescuers struggled all weekend to free his body because of fears for the safety of emergency personnel. There has been torrential rainfall in the area in recent days.

    The engineer is reported to have worked for Cotswold Geotech Ltd as a soil engineer for more than two years. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2002 with a degree in geology. The site owner has outline planning permission to build two homes on the site.

    Comment: Fatal accidents involving younger people are particularly disturbing. The learning points for all concerned with construction projects are: (i) hazards do not recognise age, nationality, experience or training. Remove the hazard or control the risk (ii) assume all excavations are liable to collapse unless supported or battered to a safe angle of repose and (iii) constantly restate and reinforce these messages to employees and those in the supply chain.

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    2 Responses to “EXCAVATION COLLAPSE FATALITY”

    1. CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER PROSECUTION | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] concerns the death of Alexander Wright, aged 27, an employee of the compant who died when an excavation collapsed in September 2008. The young geologist was obtaining soil samples on a […]

    2. COMPANY AND DIRECTOR MANSLAUGHTER CASES | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] taking soil samples from inside a pit which had been excavated as part of a site survey when the sides of the pit collapsed crushing […]