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Prevent Trenching Fatalities

Construction workers are at severe injury or death risk as the trenching fatalities occur suddenly if they work in an unprotected trench. However, a narrow underground excavation that is deeper than the wide is called a trench. Moreover, a trench is no wider than 4.5 meters or 15 feet. Furthermore, excavation and trench work consists of hazards, but all the trench hazards are well defined and easy to prevent.

Trenching fatalities in construction is preventable. However, suddenly the walls can collapse, and without previous warning, it's pretty tough for the workers to move out of the way. Moreover, we may think that the small amount of dirt is not treacherous, but dirt's one cubic yard can weigh 3,000 pounds or more. A compact car or anything more than the compact excavator can fatally crush, and it may cause suffocation for the workers. Furthermore, serious injuries can cause by solid dirt pieces, and industrial construction sites are the place for most trenching deaths.  However, following the tips below, you can prevent trenching fatalities.

Trenching Alternatives

Using alternative trenching methods is the best way of preventing trenching fatalities of a trench collapse. However, use the trench alternatives where it is possible and evaluates the wastewater infrastructure, and rehabilitate drinking methods.

New renewal trenchless technologies are coming into the market continuously, and the existing technologies improvements are ongoing. However, some joint trench digging alternatives are pipe relining, directional boring, utility tunneling, pipe ramming, and jacking.

Directional Boring

With minimal disturbance, directional boring performs without excavation if it is done correctly. However, the process starts when the directional boring machine pushes the drill at an angle on the ground. Moreover, the drill bit and the hollow pipe are connected. The drilling fluids pressurized jet flows from the bit through the tube. Again, the fluid and drill bit cut through the ground. The drill bit's cutting added additional sections or joints to the drill pipes to push the bit towards the exit point.

You will get the reamer connections at the drill pipes to end if you enlarge the bore diameter. At the time of pipe rotating, the boring machine withdraws the reamer. Again, you can repeat the process for widening the bore.

Relining Using Cured-in-place-pipe

The most popular water pipe repair method is CIPP (Cured-in-place-pipe), which is helpful for storm sewer and sanitary sewer pipes. However, for repairing the drinking water pipe, the use of this method is increasing day by day. Pipe relining eliminated the trenching need, and it also eliminated all the trenching-related hazards. Approximately, damaged pipes 50 percent are possible to repair using the CIPP technology.

New plastic pipes chemical manufacture also involved in this CIPP procedure, and this procedure eliminates CIPP related hazards.

Pipe Ramming

A trenchless pipe installation technique is pipe ramming. It is used mainly for horizontal applications where encased pistons use for pipe driving or rapidly repeated strikes trench in the ground. Usually, the pipe opens at the end unless the installation of the smaller diameter pipes becomes complete.

Pipe Jacking and Utility Tunneling

Excavations sized requires Utility tunneling to fit the tunneling apparatus at the reception shafts and drive. However, the process's first step is to prepare those shafts. Typically the posts are located at the maintenance hole. Moreover, the tunneling equipment gets support from the concrete slab and a thrust wall required to provide pipe jacking's solid surface. The micro tunneling machine and hydraulic jacking rig lowered onto the jacking rig and reduced into the driveshaft. Through the entrance sealing ring, the micro tunneling machine is thrust by the jacking rig.  When the engine reached a pre-set position, then excavation paused.


Safe excavation and trenching work need some precautions. However, any trenching project which is greater than 5 feet deep should follow the following preventive options

To avoid trenching fatalities, workers should avoid entering the trench, which doesn't have any prevention and protective system. A channel should have enough defensive scheme, and a competent person should install and designed it. However, a qualified person should recognize hazards, understand the regulations, and have the authority to correct the rules. Furthermore, many sources offer available training to the competent person to make them more capable. However, different sources are trade associations, insurance companies, manufacturers of trenching safety equipment, labor unions, and others.

Plan Before Beginning the Job

For preventing trenching fatalities and trench collapse, the employer should have a proper plan before beginning the job. However, the employer should: