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Toolbox talk: trench safety (superseded).
CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training
Silver Spring, MD: CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, 2014 Mar; :1-2
Cave-ins are a serious risk and are much more likely to kill workers than other excavation-related incidents. Other trench hazards include falls, falling loads, dangerous gases and incidents involving mobile equipment. Workers should think of an unprotected trench as an early grave. About 1,000 injuries occur each year. Of these, about 140 result in permanent disability and 75 in death.
Construction; Construction industry; Construction workers; Construction equipment; Safety education; Safety programs; Injury prevention; Accident prevention; Work environment; Worker health; Training; Education; Safety measures; Mortality data; Traumatic injuries; Fatalities; Work areas; Safety monitoring; Environmental factors; Environmental control; Environmental control equipment; Control equipment; Excavation equipment; Fall protection; Gases; Poison gases; Ground control; Ground stability
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Toolbox talk: trench safety
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
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