In Texas and throughout the US, cave-ins, also called trench collapses, at construction sites have killed dozens of workers and resulted in hundreds of injuries yearly. It is no surprise, therefore, that trenching and excavation work is one of the most perilous construction projects. Here are some points to help keep construction workers safe as they work at excavation worksites.
Workplaces in Texas and around the country are getting safer. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Oct. 27, the annual number of work-related injuries and illnesses in the United States has been declining for the past 13 years. In 2015, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal work-related illnesses and injuries reported, or three cases for every 100 full-time employees.