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Work risks for trenching and excavation jobs

While construction is one of the most dangerous jobs for Maryland workers, some areas of focus can be more risky than others. One of the most worrisome issues in a trenching job is the potential for a cave-in, but other concerns that could be dangerous or even deadly include the potential for drowning, being asphyxiated, or being exposed to dangerous airborne materials. There are also challenges in dealing with utility lines because of the possibility of an explosion or electrocution. Both employers and workers need to be aware of these risks so that they can effectively guard against dangerous situations.

Protective equipment and systems are integral in ensuring worker safety on an excavation job. Proper tools on a site for getting into and out of an area are crucial. Ladder quality is important, and proper placement is also critical. If a hazardous situation arises, workers need to be able to get out quickly. Proper placement, uniformity of coordinating parts, and safe surfaces are a priority. Proper placement of the excavated materials is also important because these materials could roll back onto workers or cause a cave-in.

Inspections can limit the potential for a workplace accident and should be completed prior to the start of a shift on a daily basis. Inspections are also recommended after events that could increase the risk of an accident. Rain, equipment activity and vehicles near a point of excavation are among outside issues that could affect the safety of a job site.

Workers' compensation coverage is crucial for construction jobs because a work-related injury could be quite serious, costing an injured party a significant amount of work time. An individual involved in an accident is typically prevented from taking legal action against an employer after workers' compensation benefits have been received. However, in the event of a blatant disregard of safety by an employer, an injured victim may want to meet with an attorney to explore the available options.

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