Trenching and excavation hazards are one of the most hazardous construction operations and injuries and fatalities have been on the rise in recent years. The primary hazard of trenching and excavation is employee injury or death from collapse or cave-in.
Construction safety education and training are important tools for informing workers and managers about hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive.
Unions offer a safety and health advantage in the construction industry. According to a country-wide study, construction firms that employ at least some union workers are more likely to perform safety best practices and undergo OSHA training than those without any union employees.