Construction company owners nationwide, including in Colorado, have significant responsibilities related to the safety of their workers. One of the most treacherous areas of development is trenches. Because there are so many known hazards related to trenches, employers must be fully aware of the required trenching safeguards, and they must also ensure that workers are educated. Every construction site must have a qualified person to evaluate excavations and identify potential cave-ins to prevent workers from being injured at work.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed an investigation in another state into a July trench collapse that claimed the life of a father of two. Investigators determined that the company failed on all levels of safeguarding the trench in which the worker died. The agency reported that compliance with safety regulations could have prevented this tragic death.