According to recent reports by the Building Safety Group, breaches in excavation work on site are on the rise. Specifically, it was found these incidents increased by 16% in the last quarter of 2017.
These figures were drawn from 11,000 independent inspections. Conducted over six months, the figures were compared to others from 2016 and early 2017. It found that injuries, sustained as a result of an excavation breach collapse, were often severe. And, in some cases, fatal.
In fact, just last year, the director of Conquest Homes, was jailed. This was after a groundworker working on site, was crushed to death in a trench. The director was consequently found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter.
Alongside this, a roofing company was also fined after a collapsed trench resulted in a worker being buried alive. The worker sustained serious injuries. Take a look at the full report here.
But that’s not all, another worker was left with burns recently after he hit underground cables. Found guilty of breaches in health and safety, the company was fined £25,000
The managing director of the Building Safety Group stated: “These types of injuries can be prevented if companies implement safe methods of working and provide the necessary information and training for workers.”
“Excavations must be properly planned, managed and monitored to ensure no one enters an excavation deeper than 1.2 metres, without adequate controls in place to prevent a collapse.”
“Without suitable support, any face of an excavation will collapse.”
“It’s just a matter of when.”
“The steeper and deeper the face, the wetter the soil, the sooner the collapse.”
“Trenchless technologies are available which will help to avoid many of the hazards of excavation.”
“But, if a trench is required, modern approved systems can allow the ground support to be installed without the need to enter the excavation.”
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