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Test pit safety module for septic inspectors.
Northeast Regional Occupational Disease and Injury Surveillance Conference, April 14 - 15, 2007, Farmington, Connecticut. Hartford, CT: State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, 2007 Apr; :1-21
Background: As of May 2007, there are 422 Registered Sanitarians in Connecticut. Registered Sanitarians are employed as the followiing in Connecticut: publlic sector town officials, employees of private companies and soil scientists. New on-site waste disposal systems require Sanitarians to enter into test pits to examine soils as part of the approval process. Ways to prevent becoming injured or killed when entering and examining test pits would include: 1. Entering deep test pits above the waist can result in bodily harm or death in the event of a cave in. 2. According to OSHA, the fatality rate for excavation work is 112% higher than the rate for general construction. 3. Many of these fatalities occur due to soil collapses from excavations.
Excavation-equipment; Sewage-industry; Sewage-treatment; Sanitation; Environmental-engineering; Environmental-hazards; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Waste-disposal-systems; Waste-disposal; Personal-protective-equipment; Slope-stability; Construction; Construction-workers
Northeast Regional Occupational Disease and Injury Surveillance Conference, April 14 - 15, 2007, Farmington, Connecticut
Connecticut Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division