Trench Excavation Deaths Hit All-Time High
Over the past two years, deaths from trench cave-ins have hit an all-time high on single-family construction sites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, the 23 excavation and trench-related fatalities were double the average of the previous five years. In 2017, only 17 trench deaths were reported; but according to Builder Online, combined with injuries reported to OSHA involving trenches, it was the most dangerous year for trench safety in recent history.
The article suggests that accidents primarily “plague” residential projects, and often occur when sewer lines are updated or new water pipes are laid. One-quarter of all trench accidents from 2013-2017 happened at single-family job sites, and saw more trenching accidents than at pipeline dig sites and road construction…(Read the full story)