Dirt doesn’t discriminate: Experienced and inexperienced workers vulnerable to trench collapse

Marcia Gruver Doyle Pix
Updated Aug 8, 2018


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Examining trench fatalities that occurred over a two-year period, Equipment World found that those who’ve spent years working in construction are just as vulnerable as new workers. During 2016-2017, the youngest trench collapse victim was 18 years old; the oldest was 66.

Company hierarchy also doesn’t matter: Four construction company owners died in trenches during this period. In three incidents, there were two victims on one jobsite.

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