Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Two Die In Trench Collapse
I don’t usually post all the construction fatalities that happen in the US (or the world). Why? There are just too many.
But here is a link to a recent Fox News story about a double fatality cause by a trench collapse.
These don’t have to happen. We know how to stop these fatalities. No new science needs to be invented. Each trench collapse fatality is a needless loss of life.
Here’s a video demonstrating a collapse…
And here’s a trench cave in that occurred while an Oregon OSHA Inspector was filming…
Luckily the man “in-the-hole” was not killed in the second example. But many are not as lucky.
Back in 2003, I wrote an article called “Stop the Sacrifices.” It was an emotional appeal to the construction industry to stop these needless deaths. It caused a lot of controversy.
Perhaps the construction industry has improved since them. I know that some companies have. But others continue to put peoples’ lives at risk by promoting shortcuts (or at least turning a blind-eye to their workers’ taking shortcuts) and not promoting best practices to keep people safe.
If you are responsible for construction work and trenching, take a moment to review what you are doing to keep workers safe. A new sewer line or a broken water pipe isn’t worth someone’s life.
If you would like to learn more about best practices to improve safety, consider attending the 2010 TapRooT® Summit. The Safety & Risk Management Track has these Best Practice Sessions that will give you ideas to improve performance:
Go to the Summit web site to see all the schedules for all the Best Practice Tracks and see which track will help your company’s performance the most.