Trenching and excavation is one of the most dangerous aspects of construction for workers. Cave-ins can be deadly. If an unsupported trench gives way, workers can be buried instantly or suffer fatal crush injuries or suffocation. Effective safety precautions are essential during trenching and excavation work and the following guidelines should be followed:
- A competent, trained person must be in charge of identifying potential hazards and taking steps to remedy them.
- Any utility lines at the site must be located and marked.
- Heavy equipment paths and spoil piles must be located at a safe distance from a trench.
- Protective systems should be in place before workers arrive at a site.
- Workers should be trained and informed of potential hazards.
- Have an emergency plan in place.
- Workers should report any concerns or evidence of problems with protective systems.
Workers in the construction industry also face significant injury risk from falls, hazardous atmospheres and falling loads. If you have been injured while working at a construction site, or if you lost a loved one in a trenching accident, Vineland Workers' Compensation lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Call 609-476-4044 x 203 or contact us online for a free consultation.