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Worker Safety on Trenching and Excavation Jobs

An understanding of the workers’ compensation process in North Carolina can be particularly important to those who work with excavation companies. Cave-ins are among the serious dangers in this type of job, and workers’ compensation provides for medical intervention and compensation for lost wages in serious injury cases. However, OSHA guidelines are designed to help companies in this field to minimize safety risks through a combination of preventive strategies. Attention to site conditions is one of the most important safety factors for excavation jobs.

Inspections should be conducted on a daily basis prior to work commencing on a trenching or excavation site. Additionally, inspections should be performed if any serious compromise could be caused by the activity of a vehicle or equipment. Issues such as bad weather could also compromise a project. Workers should understand these concerns and cooperate with their employers in monitoring activities and conditions.

Placement of utility lines can be a concern, making it important to have an awareness of this information prior to digging or entering an area. A worker could be electrocuted because of a lack of information about the location of power lines. Gas lines can pose a risk of explosion if machinery comes into contact and causes a leak. The condition of a trench is important, but an incorrect placement of the excavated materials can also create safety problems. Additionally, the placement of access equipment is a serious safety concern as it provides a means of escape if conditions become dangerous while a worker is in a trench or other recessed area.

Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to provide benefits to workers who are injured in a workplace accident. An attorney can often help an injured victim with the preparation and filing of the required claim.