It’s an everyday occurrence on the job. Whether you are the contractor, the inspector or even the engineer you may have to get in a trench. Most of us don’t give it a second thought and get the job done. Trenches however, are a dangerous environment and accidents can occur quickly and often without warning. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that fatality rate from trench related work is 112 percent higher than general construction work. A basic knowledge of trenching and the dangers it presents is essential to staying safe.
Underground utility construction today utilizes many “trenchless” construction and rehabilitation procedures that may greatly reduce the need to dig trenches or excavations to install and maintain buried infrastructure.
A national winter weather emergency may have slowed traffic initially for the 2014 RehabZone, but organizers were still pleased with the results of the annual event held in conjunction with the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) in Houston.
John Allen, outgoing president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association and president of Pipeline Constructors LLC, welcomed 625 delegates to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL.
The nation’s One-Call system is considered a vital element in on-going efforts to prevent damage to buried pipes and cables – a telephone call to 8-1-1 rings the nearest state One-Call center which arranges for utility providers who are members to locate and mark buried lines at a specified construction site.