Don’t Cut Corners When It Comes to Excavating Safety

Trench accidents can happen when proper safety precautions aren’t taken, regardless of the crew’s experience.

Don’t Cut Corners When It Comes to Excavating Safety

This site shows an example of unsafe excavation practices: The worker is in the trench without shoring and standing directly beneath the excavator as it operates. 

In April 2021, a Long Island contracting company was ordered to cease all excavating operations and pay $136,000 in penalties, the result of a trench collapse accident that killed two workmen in late 2020.

The resulting agreement also commits the company to do the following:

-Develop an excavation safety checklist to identify hazards and protective measures for work in excavations and ensure that a competent person on site will consult and complete the checklist whenever...

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