Digging trenches is often a necessary procedure in excavation, but not properly shoring them up can result in trench collapse. This dangerous situation puts your workers' lives at risk. That's why you need to do what you can to keep them safe by following these guidelines.
Collapses Can Be Deadly
If your excavation trench collapses without anybody inside, it's easy to re-dig it. However, if someone is in the trench, there's a good chance they will be seriously injured. Just one cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car, making a collapsed trench a severe risk that must be avoided at all costs.
Typically, safety procedures and a protective system must be followed if a trench is deeper than five feet. This is a suggestion made by OSHA and is one worth following. While excavation trenches shallower than five feet may not need the following safety measures, they should probably be installed anyway.
Safety Procedures For This Concern
To avoid trench collapse, perform the following procedures to ensure it is structurally sound:
What To Do If A Trench Does Collapse
If a trench collapses on your workers, immediately call 911 and start digging them out with hand shovels. You should avoid using any excavation equipment here, as they are likely too imprecise for this process. Talk to the people who are buried to assure them you are on your way and dig as quickly as you can.
Try to find the heads and chests of the people who are buried and uncover them first. This will help prevent suffocation and severe pressure damage on their chest which may impact their internal organs. Remove all of the soil that you can, but avoid moving them, as this may cause more injury. Make sure to reinforce the trench walls after uncovering your workers to prevent more collapses.
Thankfully, following the proper safety procedures should make this often heart-breaking rescue attempt unnecessary. Taking any unnecessary shortcuts with your excavation trenches isn't worth the danger collapse poses. For more information, contact local professionals like T C Enterprises LLC.Share
7 October 2016
When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.