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#32408 - 12/22/03 08:20 PM Trench safety  
CTwireman  Offline
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 840
Connecticut, USA
I was just wondering if anyone read the front page article in the Sunday (12/21) New York times about the plumber's apprentice that was killed when a trench caved in.

I know electricians don't usually work in the deep trenches that plumbers do, but has anyone here had any close calls with trenches? Has anyone been asked to work in an unsafe trench? If so, what did you do?


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#32409 - 12/22/03 08:42 PM Re: Trench safety  
Roger  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 1,716
Yes, I read some of the article online and watched part of the video. We have training on trench safety in our company and take it very seriously.

This just grabs at your heart, this young man was scared but didn't know where or who to turn to, and now he's gone due to a company obviously not caring about safety.

I'm curious to see where OSHA finally goes with this. [Linked Image]


#32410 - 12/22/03 08:44 PM Re: Trench safety  
Speedy Petey  Offline
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 173
Upstate, NY
I read it and was appalled that it happend BEFORE! This is not the first death for this company. And they have been cited several times before.

Speedy Petey

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#32411 - 12/22/03 09:53 PM Re: Trench safety  
ga.sparky56  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 558
young harris georgia usa
A high-school classmate of my daughter's was killed this past week in a trench cave in in Buford Ga. They were installing storm drains,and were 'behind" and decided to work all night. The ditch was about 14-16 ft. deep. No shoring.

It took the FD 6 hrs. to get his body out.

I remember him playing football in HS,good boy,always had a smile on his face.

He was only 20 yrs old.


#32412 - 12/22/03 10:24 PM Re: Trench safety  
Bill Addiss  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,878
I remember one of my old Customers having a drywell dug at his house. He brought one of the busboys home from his Catering Hall and gave him a shovel. After the guy got down about 10 feet he started to get worried so the 'boss' tossed him down one end of a garden hose to breathe with if the hole collapsed and told him to keep going.

Some people have little regard for safety. I have never asked anyone to do anything that I wouldn't do myself.


#32413 - 12/23/03 12:13 AM Re: Trench safety  
fla sparkey  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 47
Winter Haven, Florida USA
I just don't think OSHA could go far enough at this point. The fact that someone has died and this company has been cited for something like this before speaks volumes for what is wrong with worker safety.

I simply fail to see why something like this had to happen because the job was not getting done fast enough. Roughly translated-the company was loosing money and they needed to rush the job so they could make a profit.

What is a life worth nowadays?

#32414 - 12/23/03 05:04 AM Re: Trench safety  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,223
SI,New Zealand
That's a shocker of a story!.
Over here, trenching below a certain depth,
(6ft, from memory), is a Notifiable Hazard, where OSH has to be notified as to the extent of the trenching.
Our soils over here are way too unpredictable to just start digging and see what happens.
Oddly enough, trench rescue is a skill that that every Fire-fighter here has to learn.
But here is another skill that we are also taught, never let anything come between you and your escape route. [Linked Image]
Such a shame to see a guy die, so needlessly. [Linked Image]

#32415 - 12/23/03 03:27 PM Re: Trench safety  
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Griswold, CT, USA


#32416 - 12/23/03 06:21 PM Re: Trench safety  
Roger  Offline
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Posts: 1,716
Russell, it is especially hard when you have a personal connection. I feel for the family and the whole community.

For those interested, the NY times article is here.


[This message has been edited by Roger (edited 12-23-2003).]

#32417 - 12/23/03 07:25 PM Re: Trench safety  
ga.sparky56  Offline
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Posts: 558
young harris georgia usa
I just got some more information regarding my previous post.

The trench was indeed 16ft deep. There was shoring,but only in the bottom 8ft. The trench itself did not collapse. It was a huge pile of excavated dirt that was piled too close to the trench,and it fell into the ditch.


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