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Absolute Earthmoving – Common Trenching and Excavation Hazards

Excavation is a dangerous job, and the fatality rate is 112% higher than for general construction. Trenching poses particular risks to workers, but regular safety training on trench and excavation hazards helps reinforce the significance of trench protective systems. Also, it provides workers with the most current information about excavation requirements and safety procedures when doing trench work.

Working in trenches and excavations is not just dangerous to the workers who work inside them but also to workers on the surface. Be aware of the common hazards if you have a trenching project at your next work site. The hazards include:

  • Cave-ins or collapses can trap workers. Massive cave-ins and trench collapses are the biggest hazard to excavation workers, and the most common trenching accident reported.
  • Struck-by injuries from moving machinery and falling or flying materials are a leading cause of nonfatal excavation injuries.
  • Falling into the trench or excavation. Fall-related injuries happen when workers outside the trench are too close to the trench’s edge. Such an accident may injure the fallen worker and the trench workers below.
  • Exposure to hazardous elements or atmosphere, including heat, moisture, and atmospheric conditions inside the trench, is a significant hazard in the trenching work. Careful planning is essential to avoid entirely but proves just as dangerous as other threats. 

Other dangers in the trenching work include flooding or water accumulation and contact with buried service lines such as electrical, natural gas, water, sewage, telecommunications, etc. Workers also get injured due to slips, trips and falls. Absolute earthmoving need careful planning and proper safety measures to prevent trench cave-ins and protect workers.

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