Excavation and trench-related fatalities in 2016 were nearly twice the average of the previous five years, making evacuation and trenching operations one of the most dangerous in the construction industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Trench collapses or cave-ins pose the greatest risk to these workers, as one cubic yard of dirt can weigh as much as a Honda Civic. “Trench deaths have more than doubled nationwide since last year – an alarming and unacceptable trend that must be halted,” says Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “There is ... Read More
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