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Trenching, part I: don't dig your own grave.
Atheletic Turf News 2009 Jan; :1-2
The landscape services industry is a high hazard industry. A single traumatic injury or death can put a small company out of business. According to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) fact sheet titled Fatal Injuries Among Landscape Services Workers (NIOSH Publication No. 2008-144), workers in the landscape services industry make up less than 1% of the total U.S. work force -- yet they experience approximately 3.5% of all of the occupational fatalities. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data show that 271 workers died in trenching or excavation cave-ins from 2000 through 2006. A review of multiple national databases by NIOSH researchers found that trenching and excavation hazards during construction activities resulted in 488 deaths between 1992 and 2000 - an average of 54 fatalities each year. Sixty-eight percent of those fatalities occurred in companies with fewer than 50 workers. Forty-six percent of the deaths occurred in small companies with 10 or fewer workers.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-rates; Excavation-equipment; Landscape-services-workers; Small-businesses
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division