Young Worker Killed In Trench Collapse

While watching the evening news two days ago, I saw an all too familiar story, another trench collapse, another body recovery.

Man Killed in Forsyth Co. Trench Collapse:

Aaron Banks, a construction contractor, was only 20 years old when he died on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 while working on a residential construction site. Now, his family will wait while OSHA investigates the cause of the collapse.

For more information about the trench collapse, please read this article from the Forsyth County News.

In 2009, there were 80 workers that died as a result of being caught in or crushed in collapsing materials. As an employer, you may be asking yourself how could you prevent something like this from happening at your workplace? There a wide variety of resources that are only a click away.

OSHA have several training resources available:

-OSHA Construction eTool: Trenching and Excavation

-OSHA Safety Topic Page: Trenching and Excavation

Several training resources available through Georgia Tech's Occupational Safety and Health Programs include:

- An online training program, developed through a Susan Harwood Targeted Training grant, is available that focuses on Residential Renovation and Remodeling. This online training can either be viewed in its entirety or in short clips in the field using our OSHAinfo YouTube Channel. This course is available in both English and Spanish.

Training videos found on the OSHAinfo YouTube Channel are meant to be used in the field and viewable from a cell phone , laptop, or other mobile device. 

Here are two toolbox training videos specific to excavation and trenching.

The English version:

The version in Spanish:


What training resources do you have available for trenching and excavation? Please comment below.