We’ve published articles about preventing trench collapse deaths before (like here and here). What we haven’t done, though, is cover this subject in any kind of detail.
To rectify that, we’d like to offer this article by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It covers what you can do both before and during a job to prevent trench collapses and keep yourself and your workers safe.
NIOSH, “Preventing Worker Deaths from Trench Cave-ins” (PDF)
Going to the ACE14 conference in Boston, MA? So are we! We’ll be there from June 8 to 11! Visit us in Booth 2466 (PDF) near the tapping competitions!
Two workers die every month in trench collapses, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). To prevent this, they’ve provided the following materials to increase safety in trenches and prevent deaths from trench collapses.
Tip o’ the hat to Workers’ Comp Insider.
OSHA, “Trenching and Excavation Safety” Fact Sheet (PDF)
OSHA, “Working Safely in Trenches ” Quick Card (PDF)
OSHA, “An Unprotected Trench Is an Early Grave” Poster (PDF)
Remember, we’ll be exhibiting the Ductile Iron Safety Blade, Ductile Iron Ring Saw Safety Blade and Carbide Chunk Blade in Booth 3087 at the American Water Works Association‘s ACE13 conference in Denver, CO from June 9 to 12! See our press release for details.