Trench and Excavation Fatalities
It's unconscionable. In today's day and age, the technology, the equipment, and the training is available such that NO WORKER should ever die in a trench. Read the follow-on articles about the contractor's history...it's sickening. We all need to take a stand and ensure that incidents (this was likely NOT an accident, more likely a series of failures) such as this cannot occur.
To paraphrase a recently retired OSHA friend of ours: "all trench incidents should be considered willful". He said that fifteen years ago, after 10 years of Subpart P implementation. He was speaking to the notoriety associated with trenching incidents, the bad press, the hefty fines, the industry outreach...construction companies KNEW then. How can there be any excuse now after 25 years?
Boston Trench Fatalities
Follow up article:
Special Report from Equipment World Magazine - Death By Trench
Trenching Fatalities 2020 page
So, what can we do about it?
Training, for one...
Trench & Excavation Safety Video (Number One when you search YouTube for Excavation & Trenching) or www.bit.ly/trenchexc
Some of the comments we have received on the Video (253k views and counting):
- This is a good reference material for our Construction Safety Training here in the Philippines. The video can reinforce our power point presentations. Very informative.
- Excellent video! This is the most informative trenching and shoring video we have seen. We can't wait to share this information with our trainees.
Trench and Excavation Safety Training Resources:
Free PPT can be found here
Free Shorter version here
Interactive DVD can be purchased here
Extensive list of resources at ThinkInsidetheBox.info
Trench Safety Ohio Great resources, guidance, and information. Thanks Bernie Silkowski for sharing!
Comprehensive excavation and trenching safety training resource DVD here: www.ebay.com/itm/254000177340
- Excellent training and thanks so much for sharing. Incredibly well done In response to receipt of DVD: "I went through your training DVD with the quizzes and WOW, I am so impressed and can’t wait to show the training to our guys and girls! This is so much more than I could have ever offered myself. There seems to be a lack of in-depth training into the dangers of working around excavations and trenches here in our area. Your DVD really bridges that gap between the legislated training and actually working with/in excavations and trenches." Excerpt: https://youtu.be/Y7JcNIviUSU
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Eric Giguere - Buried Alive, and now shares his story. Powerful message, great speaker
Know the rules:
OSHA Trenching & Excavation Page
Crane Distance to Top of Slope - guidance document. Distribute as you see fit.
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