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Industrial Trenching: shoring and cave-in, collapse hazards

Industrial trenching operations require extensive planning and precautions in order to avoid hazards associated with cave-ins and other life-threatening hazards. Utility and construction workers often have to enter deep holes or trenches to lay pipes or perform other work.

Trenches must be properly stepped and reinforced with shoring systems in order to prevent cave-ins and to prevent the trench walls from caving-in and crushing or suffocating workers. Heavy steel shoring systems must be placed with care to avoid crush injuries to workers while the shoring system is being installed.

Once inside the trench, other hazards associated with lowering pipes and other heavy materials can cause injuries or death. For example, large sewer pipes require the use of tag lines and other precautions to prevent concrete pipes from swinging and striking utility and construction workers.

Fall hazards on the trench site

Entry and exit from the trench present fall hazards. Trenches and holes on construction projects can exceed 20 feet and create the potential for fatal falls.

Heavy Excavation Equipment at the trench site

Trenching involves excavation and excavation means that heavy equipment will be used. This heavy equipment often requires the use of flagmen and traffic control planning to prevent excavation equipment from injuring workers at the construction site.

To learn more about trench safety and trenching hazards, one useful site is www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/.

Contact our trench collapse, trench cave-in, excavation, and construction personal injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation.