OSHA Identifies Trenching and Excavation Hazard Reduction as Priority Goal for 2018

Trenches and excavations are dug on the majority of construction projects, mostly for foundations, utilities, among other purposes.  When construction workers have to enter those trenches and excavations, there are a variety of hazards that exist, the biggest hazards being cave-ins. A cubic yard of soil can weigh over 2,000 pounds, nearly the weight of the average car, so without proper protections for that worker, he or she can be killed or severely injured.

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