Summary Statement

This CPWR Hazard Alert on Trenches points out the very real dangers of trench collapse that lead to 3 worker deaths a month, on average, in the U.S. Trenches must be shored, sloped/benched or fitted with a trench box. The three steps to prevent this outcome are noted: 1) find the competent person, 2)work in protected areas, and 3)check your escape. Click on the following links to access the English version and the Spanish version.