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?
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.
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.
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.
Bill, 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. Such a shame to see a guy die, so needlessly.
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.