Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program

Through the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program, NIOSH conducts investigations of fatal occupational injuries. The primary intent of this program is to provide interested users with access to the full text of hundreds of fatality investigation reports.

State FACE Reports: Trenching
The following reports are the products of our Cooperative State partners and are presented here in their original unedited form from the states. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the individual Cooperative State partner and do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Pub. Date Report No. State
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11/1/2023 2022CA003 CA Day laborer dies in a collapsed trench being dug to repair a sewer line - California.
6/7/2019 2017MI127 MI Construction laborer died in trench wall collapse.
1/16/2019 2014MI119 MI Construction owner died in trench wall collapse.
10/23/2018 2015MI117 MI Construction laborer died in a trench wall collapse.
10/1/2018 2016OR016 OR Construction worker killed when trench collapsed.
5/31/2016 2015KY031 KY 19-year-old construction laborer crushed in trench collapse while laying sewage pipe.
3/30/2016 2014MA003 MA Municipal foreman killed when struck by a backhoe loader outrigger while in an excavation - Massachusetts.
1/17/2016 2016KY017 KY Construction laborer killed in trench collapse while taking grade measurements.
10/28/2013 2012MI121 MI Pipefitter dies when excavation wall collapses, causing water tank to rotate and pin him against excavation wall.
6/7/2013 2012CA004 CA A day laborer dies when he is buried in a trench collapse.
9/14/2011 2007NY033 NY A plumber dies after the collapse of a trench wall.
8/26/2009 2009CA002 CA Construction laborer dies after being crushed under a concrete patio foundation.
6/9/2008 2006MI174 MI Hispanic laborer dies as a result of a trench collapse.
8/1/2007 2006MI004 MI 29-Year old male Hispanic landscape laborer dies when nine foot deep trench collapses.
8/4/2006 2005OR024 OR Excavation worker killed by flying rigging when hook fails.
7/18/2006 2005CA002 CA A plumber died when the trench he was working in collapsed around him.
11/5/2004 2003KY107 KY 38 Year-old construction laborer dies when trench walls collapse.
10/8/1998 1998TX145 TX A pipe layer working in a trench for a general contractor in Texas, died when a trench wall gave way and he was fully engulfed in sand/dirt.
12/6/1996 1996MN073 MN Construction worker dies after being buried in a trench that caved in.
10/30/1996 1996MN059 MN Construction worker dies after being buried in a trench that caved in.

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