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Occupational fatalities during trenching and excavation work - United States, 1992-2001.
Lentz-T; Votaw-D; Ahlers-H; Hendricks-K; Pratt-S; Coleman-P; Gillen-M; Ehrenberg-R
MMWR 2004 Apr; 53(15):311-314
Fatalities in the United States associated with trench collapses and other excavation hazards continue to occur despite an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard that specifies safe work practices to reduce hazards for workers. Approximately 54 workers are killed annually as a result of these hazards, according to a review of surveillance data performed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC). This review identified 542 fatalities over the period 1992-2001, nearly half (256 or 47%) in firms with 10 or fewer workers, and 70% (381) in firms with fewer than 50 workers. Many of the injuries and fatalities associated with trench and excavation work are preventable and occur when the guidance of the OSHA standard is not followed.
Construction; Construction-workers; Excavation-equipment; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Work-practices; Surveillance-programs; Standards; Safety-practices; Training; Information-retrieval-systems; Occupational-hazards; Accident-prevention; Construction-Search
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Issue of Publication
EID; DSR; OD; SRL
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division