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Document ID (ISN)103192
CIS number 04-208
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Deatherage J.H., Furches L.K., Radcliffe M., Schriver W.R., Wagner J.P.
Title Neglecting safety precautions may lead to trenching fatalities
Bibliographic information June 2004, Vol.45, No.6, p.522-527. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract Trench collapses ranked as the seventh leading cause in 29 among OSHA-inspected fatal construction events during the period 1991-2001. This study aims to examine why these fatalities occurred. Forty-four case files from OSHA inspections of fatal trench collapses were reviewed. It was found that improper protection of the excavation site was the leading fatality cause. Several organizational or physical conditions were present at many fatal sites, the most frequent being that no training had been provided for trenching. Presence of a competent, diligent person at the site would have prevented most fatalities.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; fatalities; USA; trenching and excavating
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; public OSH institutions; safety training in industry; trench shoring; construction sites
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Trenching and excavating