Trenching, or excavation as it is also called, is deemed such a potential cause for an accident at work, a competent person must by law inspect the area being trenched before any new work shift in order to prevent danger to workers.
The dangers of trenching are considerable, so it is important to be aware of these.
The inspection includes all supports or battering and no work should take place until the excavation site has been checked thoroughly. If an accident occurs then the victim can make a compensation claim.
Injuries resulting from the dangers of trenching are in the main caused by the collapse of excavations, falling or dislodged material falling into the trench.
A collapsed trench can lead to workers breaking, fracturing or dislocating bones, receiving head injuries, cuts and bruises to those falling during the collapse. For those already in the trench injuries consistent with being crushed are likely, including fractures, crushed bones and if buried under soil or rocks, then breathing problems or even brain problems caused by a lack of oxygen.
Unless care is taken to protect the trenching area then loose objects or dislodged material present a danger of injury to workers as then can land on the head cause trauma to the brain or trapping and crushing people beneath.
With one cubic meter weighing as much as much as one ton it is important to remember that no ground can be relied upon to be safe.
Gyard rails and boards should also be used to edge the area and plant equipment and machinery should be secure and a safe distance from the trench. Warning signs should also be prominent to ensure people do not fall into the area excavated and vehicles or plant equipment are not parked too near.
Another potential hazard comes from any underground or overhead services, which can result in fire, explosion or electrical risk. The dangers of trenching should never be disregarded.
Accident Advice Helpline and accident at work claims
If you fall victim to the dangers of trenching and suffer an accident at work then call Accident Advice Helpline to make a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm, which has been established for more than 10 years and operates on a 100% no win-no fee basis.
Endorsed by television personality and consumer campaigner Esther Rantzen AAH specialises in accident at work claims and in how to receive compensation, quite often without actually having to go to court.
Go online and take the 30 second test to see if you qualify, while the advice line is open 24/7.
Date Published: October 17, 2013
Author: David Brown