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OSHA safety rules for trench and excavation work

Workers in trenching and excavation should observe safety precautions to avoid injury on the job. There are a number of risks associated with this hazardous line of work, including trench collapses, falling loads, cave-ins, hazardous atmospheres, falls and injuries with mobile equipment. There must be a protective system in place for trenches that are more than 5 feet deep, and that system has to be designed by or based on data by a professional engineer if the trench is more than 20 feet deep. The design of protective systems varies according to many factors, including soil classification, water content in soil, other operations nearby and more.

High injury rates for some professions

Pennsylvania residents who work in nursing homes, on construction sites or in hospitals may have been more likely to suffer an illness or injury on the job in 2015 than workers in other professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While there was a slight drop in nonfatal illnesses and injuries from the previous year, among hospital and construction workers, one out of every 12 was injured in the workplace. For nursing home employees, the number was one out of every eight.

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