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Trench Cave-in Deaths Are Preventable With Shoring and Sloping Solutions

ARCHOver the past six years, 184 construction workers in the United States were killed because of failure to properly shore or slope an open trench or a pit.

According to OSHA, most accidents occurred in pits and trenches that are five to 10 feet deep.

When soil starts to slip and slide there is no escaping it. A cave-in or dirt slide occurs in less than a second. Workers are instantly buried.

If a worker is trapped at the bottom of a six-foot trench and buried under three feet of soil, 6,000 pounds of pressure are covering...

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Top 10 OSHA Violations

OSHA-Logo.jpgAt the 2014 National Safety Council Congress and Expo, the year's 10 most common OSHA violations were announced. While many of the hazards on this year's top 10 have made an appearance in previous years, reviewing the current list can help increase awareness of these violations and hazards on your own jobsite.

  1. Fall Protection: Workers must be provided with fall protection when working at heights of four feet or greater. Protection along unprotected edges and sides and protection from falling objects are also covered under this standard.
  2. Hazard Communication: Safety data sheets and labels are required for chemicals found in the workplace; in addition, employees must be informed...
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Why Shoring Beats Sloping

Why Shoring Beats Sloping

Shoring and shielding are both considered to be the safest and most economical methods of protecting workers from a cave-in at an excavation site. Whereas shields are used to protect workers from a cave-in at an excavation site, shores prevent cave-ins by supporting the walls of the trench with a system of hydraulic cylinders. There are some circumstances when one protection method is preferable over the other so when is it better to use shoring instead of shields?

There are certain applications where the versatility and flexibility of shoring...

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Safety in the Trenches

TrenchingTrenching and excavation sites are recognized as some of the most hazardous work environments in the construction industry. Hundreds of workers have been injured and some are even killed while working in trenches. With the danger involved, how do contractors ensure safety working in trenches at an excavation site?

Hazards

The main hazard of trenching is employee injury from a collapse of the earthen walls of the trench, or a slip and fall at a cluttered work site. Other hazards include working near high traffic areas, risk of shock from overhead and underground electrical lines, working in close proximity to utilities, working with heavy machinery and manual handling of material.

Construction activities require...

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