Trench Safety is Not Rocket Science

Trench safety is not rocket science. We don’t care if you buy equipment from Allen Trench Safety, Corp. We’d like it if you did, but at the end of the day, we most want you and your workers to go home to your loved ones.

Trench collapses, or cave-ins, pose the greatest risk to workers’ lives. To prevent cave-ins:

  • SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes
  • SLOPE or BENCH trench walls
  • SHORE trench walls with supports

Whenever workers are in a trench or excavation deeper than 5 feet, a competent person must make a choice to slope, bench, shield, or shore the face of the trench walls to prevent a cave-in.

Projects are becoming more complex, and the expectations are now so much bigger. Safety elements like procedures, inspections, and the right PPE have to fit into those new complicated scopes, which can sometimes be challenging. Another part of the answer lies in companies dedicating the time and money required to keep construction workers safe — and maintaining up-to-date training on safety regulations and equipment solutions. Too often, workers doing this type of underground work think an accident won’t happen to them. But when a worker encounters a life-changing injury or fatality, the cost goes beyond citations, fines, and court settlements. In the end, families are left with the burden of having to move forward with their loss and find a way to cope with their loved one’s injury or death. In fact, OSHA statistics for trench collapses show 76 percent of trench fatalities occurred when no protective system was used.

The bottom line is no one who works in the trenching and excavation industry goes to work thinking this could be their last day on the job and that they never will return home again, yet this still happens way too often!  More detailed information can be found by following the link below.

Reference:  https://www.osha.gov/Publications/trench_excavation_fs.html