Trenches Don’t Have to be Deep to be Dangerous

24-year-old describes how 3-foot, 9-inch excavation nearly took his life.
Trenches Don’t Have to be Deep to be Dangerous
Water must be controlled to prevent cave-ins. Surface water must be diverted or controlled. The competent person must inspect the trench after each rain event. Of course, in this photo there are even more problems, like no trench shield, for starters.

Note: This is the second of a two-part series on trench safety and the story of a cave-in survivor who dispels the common belief that only deep trenches are dangerous. Part one of the series discusses the need for proper shoring. 

In February 2014, Jordan Baughn was working...

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