Poor Shoring Offers Little Protection from Cave-Ins

Plumbers weigh in on safety in and around excavations.
Poor Shoring Offers Little Protection from Cave-Ins
Members of the Oakland Fire Department attempt to rescue Rogelio Esparza from a 15-foot-deep hole when earth in the trench he was working in gave way below. Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle/Polaris

Note: This is the first of a two-part series on trench safety and the need for proper shoring. In Part 2 of the series, a cave-in survivor dispels the common belief that only deep trenches are dangerous. 

On Jan. 13, a plumber in Oakland, California, survived being trapped up...

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